Infinite options, intransitive value, and supererogation

Daniel Muñoz

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Abstract

Supererogatory acts are those that lie “beyond the call of duty.” There are two standard ways to define this idea more precisely. Although the definitions are often seen as equivalent, I argue that they can diverge when (1) options are infinite, or when (2) there are cycles of better options; moreover, each definition is acceptable in only one case. I consider two ways out of this dilemma.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalPhilosophical Studies
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Deontic logic
  • Deontology
  • Infinite option sets
  • Intransitivity of value
  • Normative ethics
  • Spectrum Argument
  • Supererogation

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