Journal of Moral Philosophy 12 (3):255-266 (2015)

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I summarize a conception of morality as containing a set of rules which hold ceteris paribus and which impose pro-tanto obligations. I explain two ways in which moral rules are ceteris-paribus, according to whether an exception is duty-voiding or duty-overriding. I defend the claim that moral rules are ceteris-paribus against two qualms suggested by Luke Robinson’s discussion of moral rules and against the worry that such rules are uninformative. I show that Robinson’s argument that moral rules cannot ground pro-tanto obligations is unsound, because it confuses an absolute reason for an obligation with a reason for an absolute obligation, and because it overlooks the possibility that priority rules may be rules for ordering pro-tanto obligations rather than rules for eliminating contenders for the status of absolute obligation
Keywords absolute reasons  ceteris paribus  duty-overriding  duty-voiding  moral rules  pro-tanto obligations  prima facie  friedrich hayek  judith jarvis thomson  moral generalism
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DOI 10.1163/17455243-4681036
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