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The Obligation Dilemma

Ishtiyaque Haji


This book argues for the prima facie plausibility of the surprising and paradoxical conclusion that there are no moral obligations regardless of whether determinism is true. In the form of a dilemma, the primary argument for this skeptical conclusion presupposes that obligation requires freedom. A minimal number of credible principles entail that this is the freedom both to do, and to refrain from doing, what is obligatory. On the deterministic horn of the dilemma, since determinism eliminates freedom to do otherwise, it imperils moral obligation. On the indeterministic horn, pertinent actions ... More

Keywords: blameworthiness, desert, determinism, forgiveness, freedom, indeterminism, obligation, prohibition, responsibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190050856
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190050856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ishtiyaque Haji, author
Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Calgary