Chapter

Blame, Autonomy, and Problem Cases

Nomy Arpaly

in Unprincipled Virtue

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152043
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785780 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195152042.003.0005
 Blame, Autonomy, and Problem Cases

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This chapter presents examples which show that agent-autonomy is a necessary condition for moral praise- or blameworthiness. It argues that commonsensical conclusions about praise and blame can be held and accounted for, if one follows the theory of moral worth developed in Chapter 3. The cases of kleptomaniacs, of a person operating under the influence of a nefarious neurosurgeon or hypnotist who instills in him a bad desire, and the role of constitutive moral luck in moral life are discussed.

Keywords: agent-autonomy; praise; blame; moral worth; mental deviance; kleptomania; moral luck; normative autonomy

Chapter.  12964 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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