Responsibility and the Moral Sentiments

Responsibility and the Moral Sentiments

by R. Jay Wallace
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674766237

ISBN-13: 9780674766235

Pub. Date: 01/08/1998

Publisher: Harvard


R. Jay Wallace advances a powerful and sustained argument against the common view that accountability requires freedom of will. Instead, he maintains, the fairness of holding people responsible depends on their rational competence: the power to grasp moral reasons and to control their behavior accordingly. He shows how these forms of rational competence are…  See more details below

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R. Jay Wallace advances a powerful and sustained argument against the common view that accountability requires freedom of will. Instead, he maintains, the fairness of holding people responsible depends on their rational competence: the power to grasp moral reasons and to control their behavior accordingly. He shows how these forms of rational competence are compatible with determinism. At the same time, giving serious consideration to incompatibilist concerns, Wallace develops a compelling diagnosis of the common assumption that freedom is necessary for responsibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674766235
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
01/08/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Problem

The Solution

Prospectus

Emotions and Expectations

The Approach Sketched

Narrowing the Class

Reactive and Nonreactive, Moral and Nonmoral

Irrational Guilt

Responsibility

Responsibility, Blame, and Moral Sanction

Responsibility and the Reactive Emotions

The Reactive Account and Moral Judgment

Methodological Interlude

Understanding the Debate

Strawson's Arguments

Fairness

Strategies

Blameworthiness and the Excuses

Excuses and Intentions

Qualities of Will

A Typology of Excuses

Determinism and Excuses

Accountability and the Exemptions

Exemptions and Abilities

Exemptions: Some Cases

Determinism and Rational Powers

Comparisons and Contrasts

The Lure of Liberty

Avoidability and Harm

Opportunity and Possibility

Difficulty and Control

Oughts and Cans

Conclusion

Appendix: Further Emotional Vicissitudes

Appendix: Alternate Possibilities

Index

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