Assimilating supererogation

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The interest in supererogation and supererogatory actions derives from the perception that there is something problematic about them. I shall argue that there is nothing problematic about them. The perception to the contrary arises from preconceptions common in ethical theory. When these are relaxed or dismissed, supererogatory actions are easily assimilated as well-motivated responses to moral situations. Assimilating, rather than denying, them is important for a sound moral philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-242
Number of pages16
JournalRoyal Institute of Philosophy Supplements
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2015


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