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Supererogation

Supererogation

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Christopher Cowley, David Heyd, Michael Ferry, Matthias Brinkman, Ulla Wessels, Alfred Archer, Elizabeth Drummond-Young, Rowland Stout, Mark Wynn, Christopher Hamilton, Keith Ansell-Pearson, D. K. Levy
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  • Date Published: October 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107545731

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  • According to its simplest definition, supererogation means freely and intentionally doing good beyond the requirements of duty. A more complex definition incorporates the responses of third parties: the supererogatory act is one that is praiseworthy if performed, but not blameworthy if omitted, as long as one does one's duty. This collection of essays, based on papers delivered at the Royal Institute of Philosophy's Annual Conference in Dublin in June 2014, explores a broad range of philosophical problems that stem from various definitions of supererogation. How can something be good and yet not required? How relevant is the agent's motivation to our assessment of that agent's sacrifice? What is the difference between supererogation and virtue? Is supererogation essential to friendship and love? Do all of us have the genuine capacity to be saints and heroes?

    • Explores the concept of supererogation - doing good beyond the requirements of duty
    • Contains essays by leading scholars in moral philosophy, ethics and theology
    • Based on papers delivered at the Royal Institute of Philosophy's Annual Conference in Dublin in June 2014
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    • Date Published: October 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107545731
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    1. Introduction: the agents, acts and attitudes of supererogation Christopher Cowley
    2. Can virtue ethics account for supererogation? David Heyd
    3. Beyond obligation: reasons and supererogation Michael Ferry
    4. Disjunctive duties and supererogatory sets of actions Matthias Brinkman
    5. Beyond the call of duty: the structure of a moral region Ulla Wessels
    6. Saints, heroes and moral necessity Alfred Archer
    7. Is supererogation more than just costly sacrifice? Elizabeth Drummond-Young
    8. Adopting roles: generosity and presumptuousness Rowland Stout
    9. Supererogation and the relationship between religious and secular ethics: some perspectives drawn from Thomas Aquinas and John of the Cross Mark Wynn
    10. Religion, forgiveness and humanity Christopher Hamilton
    11. Beyond obligation?: Jean-Marie Guyau on life and ethics Keith Ansell-Pearson
    12. Assimilating supererogation D. K. Levy.

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    Christopher Cowley, University College Dublin
    Christopher Cowley is Lecturer in Philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland. He is the author of Moral Responsibility (2013) and the editor of The Philosophy of Autobiography (2015).

    Contributors

    Christopher Cowley, David Heyd, Michael Ferry, Matthias Brinkman, Ulla Wessels, Alfred Archer, Elizabeth Drummond-Young, Rowland Stout, Mark Wynn, Christopher Hamilton, Keith Ansell-Pearson, D. K. Levy

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