In his recent article "Deontic Cycling and the Structure of Commonsense Morality," Tim Willenken argues that commonsense ethics allows for rational agents having both ranked reasons (A > B, B > C, and A > C) and cyclical reasons (A < B, B < C, and A > C). His goal is to show that not all plausible views are variations of consequentialism, as consequentialism requires ranked reasons. I argue instances of apparent deontic cycling in commonsense morality are the byproducts of incomplete characterizations of the cases in question.
Simkulet, William, "The Deontic Cycling Problem" (2014). Philosophy & Comparative Religion Department Faculty Publications. 20.
This article has been accepted for publication in Philosophical Analysis, Volume 31, 2014, p. 49-64.