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Ignorance and Moral Obligation

Michael J. Zimmerman


In this book, three views about the nature of moral obligation are distinguished: the Objective, Subjective, and Prospective Views. Some philosophers have attempted to reconcile the three views in question, but these attempts are shown to fail. The question thus arises: Which of the three views ought to be accepted and which rejected? It is argued that, in light of the ignorance that besets us, the Objective and Subjective Views should be rejected and the Prospective View accepted. The argument is based on close consideration of a kind of case provided by Frank Jackson, one in which an agent h ... More

Keywords: moral obligation, ignorance, Objective View, Subjective View, Prospective View, Jackson cases, evidence, action-guidance, moral rights, desert, risk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199688852
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Zimmerman, author
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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