Towards More Conflict-Tolerant Deontic Logics

TitleTowards More Conflict-Tolerant Deontic Logics
Publication TypeBook Chapter (with title)
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBeirlaen, M
Secondary AuthorsVan Kerkhove, B, Libert, T, Vanpaemel, G, Marage, P
Book TitleLogic, Philosophy and History of Science in Belgium II
PublisherKoninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België

In Ethical Consistency, Bernard Williams vindicated the possibility of moral conflicts; he proposed to consistently allow for the presence of such conflicts within the logic of ought. In determining the nature of moral conflict, Williams stressed its contingency. In this paper, Williams’ characterization of moral conflict is defended. However, Williams’ solution for consistently allowing for such conflicts within the logic of ought is shown to be too crude. Whereas Williams rejects all applications of the agglomeration rule in the logic of ought, it is shown that a more sophisticated approach is needed. An alternative solution is presented in which the application of the agglomeration rule is made conditional upon the principle that" oughtimplies can."

Citation KeyBeirlaen2012a