Moral Judgement

Jonathan Bennett

in The Act Itself

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198237914
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597077 | DOI:
 Moral Judgement

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This book is mainly concerned with first‐order morality (right and wrong) as distinct from second‐order morality (blameworthiness etc.). It is argued here that the agent's state of mind has nothing to do with the rightness/wrongness of his conduct, though the latter is affected by what the agent could know at the time of acting. At a deeper level, it depends on what consequences the behaviour in question makes probable. When some horrible consequence ensues through bad luck, we may have emotions that feel like blame, but they are really something different.

Keywords: blame; consequences; luck; moral judgement; probability

Chapter.  6784 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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