Promising and supererogation

Philosophia 32 (1-4):389-398 (2005)
A paradox involving promises to perform supererogatory actions is developed. Several attempts to resolve the problem, focusing in particular on changing our understanding of supererogatory actions, are explored. It is concluded that none of the proposed solutions are viable; the problem lies in promises with certain contents, not in our understanding of supererogation.
Keywords promising  obligation  right action  supererogation
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DOI 10.1007/BF02641633
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David Heyd (2015). Can Virtue Ethics Account for Supererogation? Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 77:25-47.

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