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(1) According to Raz, the fact of making a promise constitutes for the promisor both a reason to perform the promised act and a reason for not acting for at least some of the reasons that recommend something different than acting as promised (an "exclusionary" reason).
That is, the promisor gives to the promisee the power to control the permissibility of the promisor's failing to act as promised (i.e., the promisee acquires the power to cancel the promisor's obligation at will).
She observes that there are times when wrongly promising makes it morally obligatory to do as promised, and she classifies the relevant instances of Nepotism as being among those times (177, 177 n.
Another defense that Smith considers of ascribing moral value to promise keeping per se begins with the claim that we have more reason to act as promised than we would if the act had not been promised.
She suggests that the greater reason to act as promised can be accounted for by the fact that breaking a promise is bad, just as the Moral Costs proposal implies (183-84).
It should be added that when Smith shops on the promised day, she simply does as promised. She complies with the promise, but does not thereby exemplify integrity, or deference to morality, or in any other way show virtue.
In order to be sure that we are considering the value of promise keeping itself, we should again stipulate that the case is one in which Pete simply does as promised. He does not act out of an allegiance to his commitment, or out of respect for the value of the worthy cause.
Strictly understood, a promise is broken by anyone who fails to do as promised without having been released from the promise.
Alice realizes that it would be horrible to tell Zoe the joke as promised, and comparably bad to ask Zoe in her grief to release Alice from the promise.