Infinite options, intransitive value, and supererogation

Philosophical Studies 178 (6):2063-2075 (2020)
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Abstract

Supererogatory acts are those that lie “beyond the call of duty.” There are two standard ways to define this idea more precisely. Although the definitions are often seen as equivalent, I argue that they can diverge when options are infinite, or when there are cycles of better options; moreover, each definition is acceptable in only one case. I consider two ways out of this dilemma.

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Daniel Muñoz
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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