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It is a recognizable feature of commonsense morality that some actions are beyond the call of duty or supererogatory. Acts of supererogation raise a number of interesting philosophical questions and debates. This article will provide an overview of three of these debates. First, I will provide an overview of the debate about whether or not acts of supererogation exist. Next, I will investigate the issue of how to define the supererogatory. I will finish by examining a problem known as the Paradox of Supererogation
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophy Compass
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


  • supererogation
  • moral philosophy
  • moral obligation


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