Saints, Heroes and Moral Necessity

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Many people who perform paradigmatic examples of acts of supererogation claim that they could not have done otherwise. In this paper I will argue that these self-reports from moral exemplars present a challenge to the traditional view of supererogation as involving agential sacrifice. I will argue that the claims made by moral exemplars are plausibly understood as what Bernard Williams calls a ‘practical necessity’. I will then argue that this makes it implausible to view these acts as involving agential sacrifice.
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Moral Incapacity.Williams, Bernard
For Utilitarianism.Vessel, Jean-Paul

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Exemplars and Nudges: Combining Two Strategies for Moral Education.Bart, Engelen; Alan, Thomas; Archer, Alfred & Niels, van de Ven
Aesthetic Supererogation.Archer, Alfred & Ware, Lauren

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