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Will, Intention, Feeling: The Indications of Character

Paul Russell

in Freedom and Moral Sentiment

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152906
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195152905.003.0009
 Will, Intention, Feeling: The Indications of Character

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In Hume's account, an accurate interpretation of action requires that we carefully identify the motives and intentions that caused it. I examine these aspects of Hume's account of action and the way that they relate to his theory of responsibility. I am especially concerned about explaining the role of will and intention in this sphere and showing that according to Hume a person can be held responsible for aspects of character that are manifested involuntarily (e.g., emotions and desires). These are, clearly, matters of considerable importance for an understanding of the relationship between responsibility and freedom.

Keywords: accidents; consequences; emotions; excuses; ignorance; intention; involuntary; mitigation; responsibility; voluntary; will

Chapter.  8428 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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