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The stubborn system of moral responsibility

Author: Bruce N Waller
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press, 2014. ©2015
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"The philosophical commitment to moral responsibility seems unshakable. But, argues Bruce Waller, the philosophical belief in moral responsibility is much stronger than the philosophical arguments in favor of it. Philosophers have tried to make sense of moral responsibility for centuries, with mixed results. Most contemporary philosophers insist that even conclusive proof of determinism would not and should not  Read more...
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Waller, Bruce N., 1946-
Stubborn system of moral responsibility
(DLC) 2014013243
(OCoLC)888400477
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce N Waller
ISBN: 9780262327404 0262327406 0262028166 9780262028165 132247494X 9781322474946
OCLC Number: 898177027
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The powerful belief in moral responsibility --
Redefining moral responsibility --
The strike-back roots of moral responsibility --
Belief in a just world --
Emotions without moral responsibility --
The power of the moral responsibility system --
Sublime reason --
Free will flourishes in the absence of moral responsibility --
The boojum of creeping exculpation --
Punishment without moral responsibility --
The culture of moral responsibility --
Myopic moral responsibility --
How stubborn is moral responsibility?.
Responsibility: Bruce N. Waller.

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"The philosophical commitment to moral responsibility seems unshakable. But, argues Bruce Waller, the philosophical belief in moral responsibility is much stronger than the philosophical arguments in favor of it. Philosophers have tried to make sense of moral responsibility for centuries, with mixed results. Most contemporary philosophers insist that even conclusive proof of determinism would not and should not result in doubts about moral responsibility. Many embrace compatibilist views, and propose an amazing variety of competing compatibilist arguments for saving moral responsibility. In this provocative book, Waller examines the stubborn philosophical belief in moral responsibility, surveying the philosophical arguments for it but focusing on the system that supports these arguments: powerful social and psychological factors that hold the belief in moral responsibility firmly in place. Waller argues that belief in moral responsibility is not isolated but rather is a central element of a larger belief system; doubting or rejecting moral responsibility will involve major adjustments elsewhere in a wide range of beliefs and values. Belief in moral responsibility is one strand of a complex and closely woven fabric of belief, comprising threads from biology, psychology, social institutions, criminal justice, religion, and philosophy. These dense interconnections, Waller contends, make it very difficult to challenge the belief in moral responsibility at the center. They not only influence the philosophical arguments in favor of moral responsibility but also add powerful extraphilosophical support for it"--publisher's description.

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