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Responsibility and Control: A Theory of Moral Responsibility New ed

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John Martin FischerUniversity of California, Riverside, Mark RavizzaJesuit School of Theology, Berkeley

ISBN13: 9780521775793
ISBN: 0521775795
Published: March 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £28.99



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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.

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Subjects:
Jurisprudence
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.