Luck's Mischief: Obligation and Blameworthiness on a Thread by Ishtiyaque Haji

Luck's Mischief: Obligation and Blameworthiness on a Thread

byIshtiyaque Haji

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Something is subject to luck if it is beyond our control. In this book, Haji shows that luck detrimentally affects both moral obligation and moral responsibility. He argues that factors influencing the way we are, together with considerations that link motivation and ability to performintentional actions, frequently preclude our being able to do otherwise. Since obligation requires that we can do otherwise, luck compromises the range of what is morally obligatory for us. This result, together with principles that conjoin responsibility and obligation, is then exploited to derivethe further skeptical conclusion that behavior for which we are morally responsible is limited as well. Throughout these explorations, Haji makes extensive use of concrete cases to test the limits of how we should understand free will moral responsibility, blameworthiness, determinism, and luckitself.

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Ish Haji is professor of philosophy at the University of Calgary. He has research interests in action theory, ethical theory, metaphysics, and philosophical psychology. His publications include Moral Appraisability (1998), Deontic Morality and Control (2002), Moral Responsibility, Authenticity, and Education (2008, with S. Cuypers),...
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Title:Luck's Mischief: Obligation and Blameworthiness on a ThreadFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 8.31 × 5.91 × 1.42 inPublished:January 28, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgments1. Luck's Hijacking of Obligation and Responsibility1.1. Luck's Threat to Obligation and Responsibility1.2. Synopsis2. Obligation and Alternative Possibilities2.1. Luck2.2. Obligation and Alternatives2.3. Stage-Setting for Objections: Frankfurt Examples3. Obligation Presupposes Alternatives: A Defense3.1. Nelkin on a Novel Interpretation of OIC3.2. An Argument from Frankfurt Examples3.2.1. Frankfurt Examples and Kant's Law3.2.2. Frankfurt Examples and Action3.2.3. Frankfurt Examples and Specific versus General Abilities3.2.4. Does Blameworthiness Require Impermissibility?3.3. Truth and the Function of "Ought" Judgments3.4. Graham on Kant's Law3.5. Pereboom's Objections4. Obligation under Threat4.1. Frankfurt Examples, Luck, and Obligation4.2. Principle Motivation/Ability4.3. Diminished Obligation4.4. Objections and Replies4.5. Another Frankfurt Example4.6. Obligation and Self-Control5. Blameworthiness under Threat5.1. Blameworthiness and Impermissibility5.1.1. The Objective View5.1.2. The Simple Subjective View5.1.3. The Complex Subjective View5.2. Respecting Subjective Views5.2.1. Subjective Views Defended5.2.2. Subjective Views and the Principle of Alternative Expectations5.3. Diminished Blameworthiness5.4. Changing Obligations, Blameworthiness, and Impermissibility5.5. A Costly Way Out: Obligation and Blameworthiness Rescued5.6. Semi-Compatibilism and Non-Moral Varieties of Blameworthiness5.6.1. Semicompatibilism5.6.2. Semicompatibilism's Domain5.6.3. The Scope of Non-Moral Varieties of Blameworthiness5.7. Teleological Theories, Obligation, and Blameworthiness6. Ramifications6.1. Character, Obligation, and Blameworthiness6.2. On the Moral Aims of Education6.3. Imperiled Aims7. Some Thoughts on the Metaphysics of Free Will7.1. Constrained Skepticism7.2. Frankfurt Examples and Guidance Control7.3. From the Frying Pan into the Fire: Frankfurt Examples Yet Again7.4. The Traditional Dilemma7.4.1. Determinism, Obligation, and Blameworthiness7.4.2. Indeterminism, Obligation, and Blameworthiness7.4.3. A Slight Digression: Compatibilism and Luck7.5. Our Morally Messy WorldBibliographyIndex