Noûs 55 (3):699-716 (2021)

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Daniel Muñoz
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Supererogatory acts—good deeds “beyond the call of duty”—are a part of moral common sense, but conceptually puzzling. I propose a unified solution to three of the most infamous puzzles: the classic Paradox of Supererogation (if it’s so good, why isn’t it just obligatory?), Horton’s All or Nothing Problem, and Kamm’s Intransitivity Paradox. I conclude that supererogation makes sense if, and only if, the grounds of rightness are multi-dimensional and comparative.
Keywords supererogation  effective altruism  The All or Nothing Problem  deontology  moral reasons  normative reasons  moral obligation  intransitivity
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