Supererogation and Conditional Obligation

Philosophical Studies 179 (5):1429–1443 (2022)
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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.

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Daniel Muñoz
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Theron Pummer
University of St. Andrews

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