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Kyle H. Blumberg
Australian Catholic University
John Hawthorne
Australian Catholic University
Abstract
Inheritance is the principle that deontic `ought' is closed under entailment. This paper is about a tension that arises in connection with Inheritance. More specifically, it is about two observations that pull in opposite directions. One of them raises questions about the validity of Inheritance, while the other appears to provide strong support for it. We argue that existing approaches to deontic modals fail to provide us with an adequate resolution of this tension. In response, we develop a positive analysis, and show that this proposal provides a satisfying account of our intuitions.
Keywords deontic modals  logic of obligation  alternative-sensitivity  context sensitivity
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DOI 10.1111/phpr.12846
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