Contrary-to-Duty Scenarios, Deontic Dilemmas, and Transmission Principles

Ethics 129 (1):98-115 (2018)
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Actualists hold that contrary-to-duty scenarios give rise to deontic dilemmas and provide counterexamples to the transmission principle, according to which we ought to take the necessary means to actions we ought to perform. In an earlier article, I have argued, contrary to actualism, that the notion of ‘ought’ that figures in conclusions of practical deliberation does not allow for deontic dilemmas and validates the transmission principle. Here I defend these claims, together with my possibilist account of contrary-to-duty scenarios, against Stephen White’s recent criticism.

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Benjamin Kiesewetter
Bielefeld University


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