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Objective or Subjective 'Ought'?
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0071-3919
2010 (English)In: Utilitas, ISSN 0953-8208, E-ISSN 1741-6183, Vol. 22, no 1, 33-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The prescriptive 'ought' has both an objective and a subjective interpretation. In the objective sense, what one ought to do depends on what is actually true. In the Subjective sense it depends on what one believes to be true. Ordinary usage seems to vacillate between these two interpretations. An example (the indecisive terrorist) is used to show that a subjective ought statement can have a determinate truth-value in situations where the corresponding objective ought statement has no truth-value, not even all unknowable one. Therefore the subjective ought is not definable in terms of the objective ought. However, definability in the other direction is not excluded by this argument.

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2010. Vol. 22, no 1, 33-35 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19231DOI: 10.1017/s0953820809990355ISI: 000274712000003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79956357151OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-19231DiVA: diva2:337278
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QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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