Exploring Transitivity

Larry S. Temkin

in Rethinking the Good

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199759446
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932214 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ethics Series

Exploring Transitivity

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This chapter continues the exploration of transitivity by assessing the nature of two other normative relations, the permissibility relation “is permissible to do rather than,” and the obligatoriness relation “ought to be done rather than.” It then identifies the factors that ultimately determine whether or not “all-things-considered better than” (in this book's wide reason-implying sense) is, in fact, a transitive relation.

Keywords: normative relations; permissibility relation; obligatoriness relation; all-things-considered better than; transitive relations

Chapter.  18275 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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