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    claim us for reasons

    Quote from a Harvard open course:
    The communitarian critics of Kantian and Rawlsian liberalism acknowledge that there is something powerful and inspiring in that account of freedom, the free independent choosing self. But they argue it misses something. It misses a whole dimension of moral life, and even political life. It canít make sense of our moral experience because it canít account for certain moral and political obligations that we commonly recognize and even prize. And these include obligations of membership, loyalty, solidarity, and other moral ties that may claim us for reasons that we canít trace to an act of consent.
    What doe "claim us for reasons" mean here? Is the expression "claim somebody for something" grammatical?
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    Re: claim us for reasons

    The phrase has to be considered along with the following four words.

    '...moral ties that may claim us for reasons that we can't trace...'

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    Re: claim us for reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The phrase has to be considered along with the following four words.

    '...moral ties that may claim us for reasons that we can't trace...'
    I'm sorry, still don't get it.

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    Re: claim us for reasons

    Do you understand that your community makes moral claims on you?
    Do you understand that you haven't necessarily consented to those moral claims being made upon you?
    If so, you understand that there are moral ties that claim us, and also that they can claim us for reasons that can't be traced to any act of consent by us.

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