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D. K. Levy
University of Edinburgh
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The interest in supererogation and supererogatory actions derives from the perception that there is something problematic about them. I shall argue that there is nothing problematic about them. The perception to the contrary arises from preconceptions common in ethical theory. When these are relaxed or dismissed, supererogatory actions are easily assimilated as well-motivated, responses to moral situations. Assimilating, rather than denying, them is important for a sound moral philosophy.
Keywords Moral Philosophy  Ethics  Supererogation  Responsibility
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DOI 10.1017/S1358246115000272
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