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Character and Responsibility

Joel J. Kupperman

in Character

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096545
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096545.003.0003
Character and Responsibility

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Are we responsible for our characters? This question is the heart of this chapter. People are responsible for their characters because they chose them. Holding people responsible for their characters, even if these are largely involuntary, is effective and functional in a way in which holding people responsible for involuntary actions is not. People should be responsible and liable both for their characters and for actions that flow from their characters. The fact of the matter is whether someone is responsible for her or his character and this fact is independent both of how we actually talk in such matters and of whether it is advantageous that we continue to talk in such a way.

Keywords: character and responsibility; character; responsible; involuntary action; Bloggs; desires; Buddhism; mutatis mutandis; self-concepts; realism

Chapter.  8262 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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