Single Idea 3838

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / B. Contract Ethics / 3. Promise Keeping]

Full Idea

The obligation to keep a promise does not derive from the institution of promising, ..but from the fact that in promising I freely and voluntarily create a reason for myself.

Gist of Idea

Promises hold because I give myself a reason, not because it is an institution


John Searle (Rationality in Action [2001], Ch.6.IV)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'Rationality in Action' [MIT 2001], p.198