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Are we committed to a U-condition for blameworthiness?

Martha Klein

in Determinism, Blameworthiness, and Deprivation

Published in print May 1990 | ISBN: 9780198248347
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681134 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248347.003.0005

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Are we committed to a U-condition for blameworthiness?

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This chapter argues that some of our reflective moral intuitions are ‘U-condition generating beliefs’, that is beliefs which commit those who hold them (whether they realize it or not) to the belief in a U-condition. These intuitions are all beliefs to the effect that agents are not morally responsible if their actions are caused by certain specific factors; what these factors have in common is that they are states or events for which the agents are not responsible.

Keywords: U-condition; moral intuitions; beliefs; compatibilist

Chapter.  9992 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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