Eliminativism about Derivative Prima Facie Duties

Philip Stratton‐Lake

in Underivative Duty

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199577446
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725425 | DOI:
Eliminativism about Derivative Prima Facie Duties

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In this chapter the notion of a derivative prima facie duty is considered. An eliminatitivist understanding of derivative prima facie is defended, according to which basic duties do not ground distinct derivative duties, but replace (eliminate) them. On the eliminativist view, discovering that a prima facie duty is derivative is discovering that it is not genuine. The only genuine ones are the basic ones. It is then argued that eliminativism makes it harder to ground Ross's supposedly basic prima facie duties in some single duty.

Keywords: prima facie duty; derivative duties; eliminativism; Ross; duty

Chapter.  11274 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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