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- n. Doing more than is required.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of supererogating; performance of more than duty or necessity requires.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of one who supererogates; performance of more than duty requires.
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- n. an effort above and beyond the call of duty
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Unlike the concepts of justice and duty, which have deep roots in both ordinary language and everyday moral judgment, the idea of supererogation is only tenuously anchored in common moral discourse and the concept itself is a theoretical construct.
But this double role of normative discourse inevitably raises the idea of supererogation, the category of actions that are praiseworthy (either in creating good states of affairs or in reflecting a particularly virtuous trait of character) yet at the same time not obligatory.
I mean a month at least, taking the bark even to supererogation, that is, some time longer than Dr. Middleton requires; for, I presume, you are got over your childishness about tastes, and are sensible that your health deserves more attention than your palate.
Europe: I mean a month at least, taking the bark even to supererogation, that is, some time longer than Dr. Middleton requires; for, I presume, you are got over your childishness about tastes, and are sensible that your health deserves more attention than your palate.
It would be "supererogation" to go into our early legislation, which is familiar to the colony in a hundred publications, besides the fact that
I am going to go out on a limb and say that that "supererogation" is yet another one of these instances. on 01 May 2009 at 11: 40 pm + Alan
A gift is often an act of supererogation, something that is morally good to do, but not required.
Giving a gift to a powerful person can be seen as an act of supererogation.
There is no knockout argument for any of the three views of supererogation.
Paradoxically, it may be noted, exactly because human actions can never fulfill God's commandments, divine grace is never due or ethically called for: it is typically supererogatory, a free gift of God! An interesting parallel to the Christian concept of supererogation can be found in Jewish thought in the notion of "lifnim mishurat hadin".