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Responsibility and Control

Responsibility and Control
A Theory of Moral Responsibility

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law

  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521775793

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  • This book provides a comprehensive, systematic theory of moral responsibility. The authors explore the conditions under which individuals are morally responsible for actions, omissions, consequences, and emotions. The leading idea in the book is that moral responsibility is based on 'guidance control'. This control has two components: the mechanism that issues in the relevant behavior must be the agent's own mechanism, and it must be appropriately responsive to reasons. The book develops an account of both components. The authors go on to offer a sustained defense of the thesis that moral responsibility is compatible with causal determinism.

    • Systematic and comprehensive account of moral responsibility
    • Broad interdisciplinary appeal across philosophy, legal theory, and religious studies
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    ' … the most likely sophisticated of its kind to date and is likely to have considerable influence on future philosophical discussions of both moral and legal responsibility.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521775793
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Moral responsibility: the concepts and challenges
    2. Moral responsibility for actions: weak reasons-responsiveness
    3. Moral responsibility for actions: moderate reasons-responsiveness
    4. Responsibility for consequences
    5. Responsibility for omissions
    6. The direct argument for incompatibilism
    7. Responsibility and history
    8. Taking responsibility
    9. Conclusion
    Bibliography.

  • Authors

    John Martin Fischer, University of California, Riverside

    Mark Ravizza, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley

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