, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 153–156

On Promising to Supererogate: A Response to Heyd



In my “Promising and Supererogation” I argue that one cannot fulfill promises to perform supererogatory actions (such as “I hereby promise to perform one supererogatory action every month”). In a response to my paper, David Heyd argues that there is an alternative solution to the problem I raise. While I agree with much that Heyd says about the examples he discusses, his proposed solution involves a crucial alteration of the problem; his proposed solution does not solve the problem I present.


Heyd Promising Supererogation 


  1. Heyd, D. (2005). Supererogatory promises: A comment on Kawall’s “Promising and Supererogation.” Philosophia, 32, 399–403.Google Scholar
  2. Kawall, J. (2005). Promising and supererogation. Philosophia, 32, 389–398.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Colgate UniversityHamiltonUSA

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