chapter  Chapter 13
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Psychopathy and Supererogation

WithDavid Baggett

This chapter addresses two issues raised in the debate—psychopaths and supererogation. Baggett argues that the uncertainty regarding the moral obligations of psychopaths under Craig's model shouldn't be taken too seriously since these are peripheral cases of which we know very little. He then attempts to refute Wielenberg's claim that Craig's model seems unable to make room for supererogatory acts. Throughout the chapter Baggett stresses the personal nature of morality and suggests that this fits better with Craig's model, which has a personal God as its ultimate, than with Wielenberg's model, which has impersonal brute ethical facts as its ultimate.