Moral Responsibility and the Boundaries of Community: Power and Accountability from a Pragmatic Point of View
Moral Responsibility and the Boundaries of Community: Power and Accountability from a Pragmatic Point of View

Moral Responsibility and the Boundaries of Community: Power and Accountability from a Pragmatic Point of View

by Marion Smiley

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ISBN-13: 9780226763262
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 06/28/1992
Series: Phoenix Poets Ser.
Edition description: 1
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction
The Political Context of Moral Responsibility
Beyond Free Will and Determinism
Philosophical Pragmatism and Social Practice
Part One
2. Communal Blame and the Classical Worldview
Why We Cannot All Be Kantians
Aristotle on the Conditions of Voluntariness
The Responsibility of Children
Blameworthiness, Communal Standards, and the Primacy of Moral Luck
Volitional Excuses and the Criteria of Blameworthiness
3. Transcendental Authority and the Damnation of Christian Sinners
Transcendental Authority Threatened
From Communal Accountability to Moral Sin
Religious Ascription vs. Scientific Discovery
4. Internalized Transcendence and the Modern Moral Conscience
Moral Guilt and the Internalization of Social Blame
The Burdens of Free Will
Determinism, Moral Luck, and Insufficient Control
Part Two
5. Moral Responsibility and the Prevention of Harm
Shared Starting Points
A Radical Extension of Moral Responsibility
Traditional Constraints and the Deflation of Radical Theory
The Subjectification of Social Blame
6. Social Expectations, Role Playing, and the Primacy of Moral Agency
A Deontological View of Moral Agency
Moral Agency and Social Norms
Social Norms, Role Playing, and the Collapse of a Conservative Perspective
7. Moral Agency and the Distribution of Organizational Blame
Moral Blame and Democratic Accountability
Organizational Excuses
Moral Tasks and the Distribution of Power
Part Three
8. Actions, Consequences, and the Boundaries of Community
Alternative Approaches
The Practice of Moral Responsibility
Casual Responsibility and Practical Control
Interests, Expectations, and Social Roles
Casual Responsibility and the Boundaries of Community
Shifting Boundaries
The Problem of Omissions
When Do We Become Killers?
9. Private Blame and Public Accountability
Moral Responsibility, Causation, and Blameworthiness
Volitional Excuses and the Question of Fairness
Do We Really Need to Talk about Free Will?
Social Blame and the Regulation of Communal Standards
Blaming, Interests, and the Maintenance of Power
From Public Accountability to Moral Blameworthiness and Back
10. Conclusion: Morality and Power
Bibliography
Index

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