Supererogation and conditional obligation

Daniel Muñoz, Theron Pummer

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Abstract

There are plenty of classic paradoxes about conditional obligations, like the duty to be gentle if one is to murder, and about “supererogatory” deeds beyond the call of duty. But little has been said about the intersection of these topics. We develop the first general account of conditional supererogation, with the power to solve familiar puzzles as well as several that we introduce. Our account, moreover, flows from two familiar ideas: that conditionals restrict quantification and that supererogation emerges from a clash between justifying and requiring reasons.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophical Studies
VolumeFirst Online
Early online date7 Sept 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Sept 2021

Keywords

  • Conditional obligation
  • Supererogation
  • Requiring reasons
  • Justifying reasons
  • All or Nothing Problem
  • Horton
  • Kamm
  • Deontic logic
  • Conditional supererogation

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