Passing the Deontic Buck<sup>*</sup>

Matt Bedke

in Oxford Studies in Metaethics

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606375
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729478 | DOI:
Passing the Deontic Buck*

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This chapter explores buck-passing analyses of deontic properties in terms of reasons. The preferred analysis is that the permissibility / impermissibility / optionality / requiredness /etc. of some agent's acting is to be couched in terms of reasons to respond in some way to that agent's action, or the prospect thereof. Along the way the chapter tries to accommodate supererogation, wrong kinds of reasons objections, and commonly accepted inferences in deontic logic.

Keywords: buck passing; reasons; deontic properties; J. S. Mill; deontic logic; supererogation; normative reduction

Chapter.  11821 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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