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Conditional Oughts

John F. Horty

in Agency and Deontic Logic

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134612
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833269 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134613.003.0005
Conditional Oughts

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The notion of what an agent ought to do is refined to yield a notion conditional obligation, representing what the agent ought to do under various circumstances. Patterns of reasoning in the conditional deontic logic are explored. In contrast to the dominance account developed earlier, a competing notion of orthodox act utilitarianism is formulated.

Keywords: act utilitarianism; agency; conditional obligation; moral obligation

Chapter.  12162 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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