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Journal Article

Promising to Try

Jason D’Cruz and Justin Kalef
Ethics
Vol. 125, No. 3 (April 2015), pp. 797-806
DOI: 10.1086/679555
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/679555
Page Count: 10
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Promising to Try
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Abstract

We maintain that in many contexts promising to try is expressive of responsibility as a promiser. This morally significant application of promising to try speaks in favor of the view that responsible promisers favor evidentialism about promises. Contra Berislav Marušić, we contend that responsible promisers typically withdraw from promising to act and instead promise to try, in circumstances in which they recognize that there is a significant chance that they will not succeed.

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