Theoretical Motivation of “Ought Implies Can”

@article{Buckwalter2019TheoreticalMO,
  title={Theoretical Motivation of “Ought Implies Can”},
  author={Wesley Buckwalter},
  journal={Philosophia},
  year={2019},
  volume={48},
  pages={83-94}
}
A standard principle in ethics is that moral obligation entails ability, or that “ought implies can”. A strong case has been made that this principle is not well motivated in moral psychology. This paper presents an analogous case against the theoretical motivation for the principle. The principle is in tension with several foundational areas of ethical theorizing, including research on apologies, excuses, promises, moral dilemmas, moral language, disability, and moral agency. Across each of… Expand
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