Mind 123 (491):753-790 (2014)

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Shyam Nair
Arizona State University
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Since at least the 1960s, deontic logicians and ethicists have worried about whether there can be normative systems that allow conflicting obligations. Surprisingly, however, little direct attention has been paid to questions about how we may reason with conflicting obligations. In this paper, I present a problem for making sense of reasoning with conflicting obligations and argue that no deontic logic can solve this problem. I then develop an account of reasoning based on the popular idea in ethics that reasons explain obligations and show that it solves this problem
Keywords conflicting obligations  reasoning  reasons  moral dilemmas  deontic logic  cut  cumulative transitivity
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DOI 10.1093/mind/fzu085
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