The Nature of Moral Responsibility: New Essays

Hardcover | May 13, 2015

EditorRandolph Clarke, Michael Mckenna, Angela M. Smith

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What is it to be morally responsible for something? Recent philosophical work reveals considerable disagreement on the question. Indeed, some theorists claim to distinguish several varieties of moral responsibility, with different conditions that must be satisfied if one is to bearresponsibility of one or another of these kinds.Debate on this point turns partly on disagreement about the kinds of responses made appropriate when one is blameworthy or praiseworthy. It is generally agreed that these include "reactive attitudes" such as resentment and gratitude, but theorists disagree about the nature of these attitudes. Theydispute the connections between moral responsibility, desert, and the justification of punishment as well. Many theorists take it that, whatever the appropriate responses are, they are responses to an agent's "quality of will," but there is no consensus on what this comes to. Are the agent's beliefs about the moral status of her behavior what matter, or is it what she cares about, or what she judgesimportant?This volume presents twelve original essays from participants in these debates. The contributors include prominent established figures as well as influential younger philosophers. A substantive introduction by the editors surveys recent debates and situates the contributions within it.

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What is it to be morally responsible for something? Recent philosophical work reveals considerable disagreement on the question. Indeed, some theorists claim to distinguish several varieties of moral responsibility, with different conditions that must be satisfied if one is to bearresponsibility of one or another of these kinds.Debate ...

Randolph Clarke is Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is the author of Libertarian Accounts of Free Will (Oxford University Press, 2003), Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility (Oxford University Press, 2014) and numerous articles on agency, free will, and moral responsibility. Michael McKenna is Pr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.29 × 6.5 × 1.1 inPublished:May 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsNotes on ContributorsIntroductionPart I. The Nature of Moral Responsibility: Some Frameworks1. Neal A. Tognazzini: The Strains of Involvement2. Michael J. Zimmerman: Varieties of Moral Responsibility3. Gideon Rosen: The Alethic Conception of Moral Responsibility4. T. M. Scanlon: Forms and Conditions of ResponsibilityPart II. Quality of Will and the Deep Self5. David Shoemaker: Ecumenical Attributability6. Nomy Arpaly: Huckleberry Finn Revisited: Inverse Akrasia and Moral Ignorance7. Julia Driver: Appraisability, Attributability, and Moral Agency8. Holly M. Smith: Dual-Process Theory and Moral ResponsibilityPart III. Responsibility in Practice: Communication, Substantive Responsibility, and Moral Desert9. Coleen Macnamara: Blame, Communication, and Morally Responsible Agency10. George Sher: Responsibility, Conversation, and Communication11. Rahul Kumar: Contractualism and the Roots of Responsibility12. Derk Pereboom: A Notion of Moral Responsibility Immune to the Threat from Causal DeterminationSuggested Further ReadingsIndex