Facts, Promising and Obligation

Philosophy 50 (193):352 - 355 (1975)
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John Searle attempts to show through a consideration of promising that at least some ‘ought’ statements can be derived from ‘is’ statements. He thinks that you can determine on purely factual grounds that a person has made a promise, and that it follows logically from the statement that a person has made a promise that he has at least a prima facie obligation to do the thing he promised to do. I agree with but not with

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How to derive "ought" from "is".John R. Searle - 1964 - Philosophical Review 73 (1):43-58.
On Not Deriving 'Ought' from Is'.Antony Flew - 1964 - Analysis 25 (2):25 - 32.
The 'Is-Ought' Controversy.W. D. Hudson - 1965 - Analysis 25 (6):191 - 195.

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