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Moral Responsibility and Quality of Will

Abstract This dissertation puts forth an account of moral responsibility. The central claim defended is that an agent's responsibility supervenes on the agent's mental states at the time of the action. I call the mental states that determine responsibility the agent's quality of will (QOW). QOW is taken to concern the agent's action, understood from an internal perspective, along with the agent's motivations, her actual beliefs about the action, and the beliefs she ought to have had about the action. This approach to responsibility has a number of surprising implications. First, blameworthiness can come apart from wrongness, and praiseworthiness from rightness. This is because responsibility is an internal notion and rightness an... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Khoury, Andrew Christopher (Author) / French, Peter A (Advisor) / Calhoun, Cheshire (Committee member) / Portmore, Douglas W (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Philosophy / Ethics / blameworthiness / compatibilism / free will / moral luck / moral responsibility
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 190 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Philosophy 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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