Modality and Social Goods


Mintz-Woo, K. (In Preparation). Modality and Social Goods.


Many theorists have modalized social and ethical concepts. They hold that

Robustness. Some (particular) normative goods hold in light of the satisfaction of some conditions in (some) possible worlds, not in terms of the conditions at the actual world.

We can call such goods “robust”. My contention in this essay is that Robustness may be more of a trap than a solution to the explication of complex moral goods. This will involve explaining the appeal of robustness, introducing several accounts, systematically distinguishing between different types of robustness, and arguing that all of them face significant—and, in my opinion, decisive—theoretical costs. [Draft version uploaded here]

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