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Author Bres, Helena De
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Justin Weinberg ♦ Government Supererogation Possible ♦ Government-supplied Fourth ♦ July Firework ♦ Government Coercion ♦ Compensatory Aspect ♦ U.s. Government Fund Pyrotechnic Display ♦ Legitimate Justification ♦ Supererogatory Action ♦ Government Action ♦ Many Small Child ♦ Patriot Heart Soar ♦ Governmental Action
Abstract Many of us think that governments sometimes perform acts that, although not required by justice, are nonetheless morally good. The U.S. government funds pyrotechnic displays on the Fourth of July, for instance, that, while not plausibly required by justice in any of its distributive, criminal or compensatory aspects, make the patriot’s heart soar and delight many small children. In his paper, Justin Weinberg places pressure on those of us who think that governmental action is, or can be, supererogatory in this way. The argument (in outline, and sticking with my example) goes like this: 1. Supererogatory actions are neither required by justice nor morally wrong. 2. Government action is coercive. (Government-supplied Fourth of July fireworks, for instance, are funded by your taxes). 3. The only legitimate justification for government coercion is that it is required by justice. 4. Government-supplied Fourth of July fireworks are either required by justice or they are not. 5. Dilemma:
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Publisher Date 2008-01-01