Calum Miller
University of Oxford
Megan Fritts
University of Arkansas, Little Rock
In this paper we offer an argument against supererogation and in favour of moral perfectionism. We argue three primary points: 1) That the putative moral category is not generated by any of the main normative ethical systems, and it is difficult to find space for it in these systems at all; 2) That the primary support for supererogation is based on intuitions, which can be undercut by various other pieces of evidence; and 3) That there are better reasons to favour perfectionism, including competing intuitions about the good-ought tie-up, and the epistemic preference for theoretical simplicity.
Keywords Supererogation  Perfectionism  Normative Ethics  Intuitions  Reasons  Parsimony
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