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Obligation, Responsibility, and Alternate Possibilities

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Michael Zimmerman, Professor and Philosophy Pre-Law Concentration Advisor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Harry Frankfurt is well-known for his argument, in [1], against the Principle of Alternate Possibilities: "(PAP) A person is morally responsible for what he has done only if he could have done otherwise." In [2], pp. 95-96, he argues that the rejection of (PAP) does not require rejection of the Kantian principle that 'ought' implies 'can': "(K) An agent S has a moral obligation to perform [not to perform] an act A only if it is within S's power to perform [not to perform] A."

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Publication
Analysis, 53 (1993): 51-53
Language: English
Date: 1993
Keywords
obligation, responsibility, Harry Frankfurt, David Widerker