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Moral Responsibility and Weakness of Will

Richard Swinburne

in Responsibility and Atonement

Published in print June 1989 | ISBN: 9780198248491
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598555 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198248490.003.0003

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Moral Responsibility and Weakness of Will

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Agents are praiseworthy for doing what they believe to be supererogatory, blameworthy for doing what they believe to be wrong. To have a belief that some action is morally good involves having some desire (inclination) to do it. But we evince weakness of will when we yield to a stronger desire to do what we believe to be not the best action.

Keywords: Aquinas; blame; desire; Thomas Nagel; praise; weakness of will

Chapter.  8296 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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