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CEPPA Talk (online) – Frances Kamm (Rutgers)
September 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Teams (online only)
Abstract: This paper considers the relation between supererogation and duties (also here referred to as obligations) from a nonconsequentialist point of view. It first considers whether supererogation may sometimes take precedence over positive and negative duties and how this relates to personal costs (including efforts) required to perform one’s duty. It then considers how acquiescence to having large costs imposed on one (even permissibly) can be supererogatory. Finally, it considers how what are usually duties can become supererogatory and how what is usually supererogatory can become dutiful. The relation between these topics and the trolley problem and the so-called “all or nothing problem” are examined.