Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 40, No. 4, October 2003

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 40, No. 4, October 2003

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The Sorites Paradox and the Ordinary Use of "Vague Predicates," SEAN FORAN

Flickers of Freedom, Obligation, and Responsibility, ISTIGYAGUE HAJI

The author first deflects a recent objection of Dan Speak's against the view that Frankfurt-type examples undermine the principle of alternate possibilities--a person is morally responsible for performing an action only if he could have done otherwise. He then defends the position that though Frankfurt-type examples undercut the claim that moral responsibility requires alternative possibilities, they leave unscathed the claim that moral obligation requires alternative possibilities.

Consequentialism and the "Ought Implies Can" Principle, ELINOR MASON

The purpose of this paper is to reach an understanding of the so-called ought implies can principle in order to illuminate the debate between those who think that moral obligations are essentially subjective and those who think that moral obligations are essentially objective. In particular, the paper focuses on the kind of ability that is relevant to the ought implies can principle. The author distinguishes between "simple ability"--the physical ability to do something--and "intentional ability." She argues that some sort of intentional ability is necessary for a genuine ought judgment to apply and that consequentialism can (and should) rely on intentional ability. The author goes on to argue that the sort of intentional ability required for ought judgments to apply is basically the ability to try. …

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