A dilemma for permissibility-based solutions to the paradox of supererogation

Marina Uzunova*, Benjamin Ferguson

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Abstract

We argue that permissibility-based solutions to the paradox of supererogation encounter a nested dilemma. Such approaches solve the paradox by distinguishing moral and rational permissions. If they do not also include a bridge condition that relates these two permissions, then they violate a very plausible monotonicity condition. If they do include a bridge condition, then permissibility-based solutions either amount to rational satisficing or they collapse back into the classical account of supererogation and fail to resolve the paradox.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-731
Number of pages9
JournalAnalysis
Volume80
Issue number4
Early online date20 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • dilemma
  • paradox
  • permission
  • supererogation

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