Moral Obligations: Actualist, Possibilist, or Hybridist?

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 94 (4):672-686 (2016)
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Yishai Cohen
University of Southern Maine
Travis Timmerman
Seton Hall University
Abstract
Do facts about what an agent would freely do in certain circumstances at least partly determine any of her moral obligations? Actualists answer ‘yes’, while possibilists answer ‘no’. We defend two novel hybrid accounts that are alternatives to actualism and possibilism: Dual Obligations Hybridism and Single Obligation Hybridism. By positing two moral ‘oughts’, each account retains the benefits of actualism and possibilism, yet is immune from the prima facie problems that face actualism and possibilism. We conclude by highlighting one substantive difference between our two hybrid accounts.
Keywords actualism  possibilism  moral obligation
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DOI 10.1080/00048402.2016.1140789
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Actualism Has Control Issues.Yishai Cohen & Travis Timmerman - 2016 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 10 (3):1-18.
Opting for the Best: Oughts and Options.Douglas W. Portmore - forthcoming - New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press.

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