Knowing what one ought to do

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This paper considers two competing pictures of knowledge of what one ought to do—one which assimilates this to other propositional knowledge conceived as partial ‘locational’ knowledge of where one is in a space of possibilities, the other which distinguishes this from other propositional knowledge by construing it as partial ‘directional’ knowledge of what to do in particular circumstances. I argue that the apparent tension can be lessened by better understanding the contextualized modal-cum-prescriptive nature of ‘ought’ and enriching our conception of the kinds of possibilities within which we can locate ourselves.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-187
JournalProceedings of the Aristotelian Society
Issue number2.2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • ought
  • normative knowledge
  • modality


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