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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-L118-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Promising is often seen as a social practice with specific rules, determining when a promise has been made and requiring that duly made promises be kept. Accordingly, many philosophers have sought to explain the obligation to keep a promise by appealing to a duty to abide by such rules, whether because of the social benefits of the practice or because fairness requires one to abide by it. Others see breaking a promise as a direct wrong to the person whose expectations are disappointed.

Citing this article:
Scanlon, T.M.. Promising, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-L118-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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