9780195337464

My Way Essays on Moral Responsibility

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    9780195337464

  • ISBN10:

    0195337468

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-11-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This is a selection of essays on moral responsibility that represent the major components of John Martin Fischer's overall approach to freedom of the will and moral responsibility. The collection exhibits the overall structure of Fischer's view and shows how the various elements fit togetherto form a comprehensive framework for analyzing free will and moral responsibility. The topics include deliberation and practical reasoning, freedom of the will, freedom of action, various notions of control, and moral accountability. The essays seek to provide a foundation for our practices of holding each other (and ourselves) morally and legally accountable for our behavior. Acrucial move is the distinction between two kinds of control. According to Fischer, "regulative control" involves freedom to choose and do otherwise ("alternative possibilities"), whereas "guidance control" does not. Fischer contends that guidance control is all the freedom we need to be morallyresponsible agents. Further, he contends that such control is fully compatible with causal determinism. Additionally, Fischer argues that we do not need genuine access to alternative possibilities in order for there to be a legitimate point to practical reasoning. Fischer's overall framework contains an argument for the contention that guidance control, and not regulative control, is associated with moral responsibility, a sketch of a comprehensive theory of moral responsibility (that ties together responsibility for actions, omissions, consequences, andcharacter), and an account of the value of moral responsibility. On this account, the value of exhibiting freedom (of the relevant sort) and thus being morally responsible for one's behavior is a species of the value of artistic self-expression.

Author Biography


John Martin Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Framework for Moral Responsibility
Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities
Responsiveness and Moral Responsibility
Responsibility for Omissions (with Mark Ravizza)
Responsibility and Self-Expression
Frankfurt-Style Compatibilism
Responsibility and Agent-Causation
The Transfer of Nonresponsibility
Transfer Principles and Moral Responsibility (with Eleanore Stump)
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