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Merit and Reward

Richard Swinburne

in Responsibility and Atonement

Published in print June 1989 | ISBN: 9780198248491
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598555 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198248490.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Merit and Reward

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Supererogatory actions include both favours to others, and creative acts benefiting directly only the agent. A favour creates an obligation on the recipient, minimally to express gratitude. Creative acts create an obligation on the community that has nurtured the agent, minimally to respect him. Supererogatory actions give their agent merit, objective or subjective.

Keywords: community; gratitude; merit; respect; supererogatory action

Chapter.  4183 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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