American Philosophical Quarterly 57 (2):181-192 (2020)

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Elizabeth Ventham
University of Liverpool
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This paper argues against a kind of 'overall ought'. The main argument is a version of the paradox of supererogation. The problem is this: obligating an agent to do what’s overall best will, when that differs from what’s morally best, obligate the agent not to do what’s morally best. This, the paper will argue, is implausible. For each of four possible interpretations of this overall ought concept, it will either come across a form of this paradox or no longer look like the targeted ‘overall ought’ concept.
Keywords Supererogation  Ought  Normativity  Just Plain Ought  Overall Ought  Obligation  Reasons  Practical Reason  Moral Demandingness  Moral Oughts
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