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Moral Disillusion: Shattering Moral Illusions for the Sake of Taking Responsibility


Abstract I present in this dissertation a theory of moral disillusion. In chapter 1 I explain moral innocence and its loss. I show that becoming morally responsible requires shattering the illusion that one is not an appropriate candidate for the reactive attitudes. The morally responsible individual must understand that she can be an agent of wrongdoing. In chapter 2 I explore the nature of the understanding that accompanies the different phases of disillusion. I show that moral disillusion is an ability, not to follow moral principles, but to question them. In chapter 3 I argue that another phase of disillusion involves an acquaintance with evil. One shatters the illusion that only malicious individuals can be evildoers. Morally good people can al... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Goldberg, Zachary J. (Author) / French, Peter A. (Advisor) / Calhoun, Cheshire (Committee member) / Matustik, Martin (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Ethics / Philosophy / Evil / Inescapable Wrongdoing / Moral Illusion / Taking Responsibility / Unchosen Evil
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 256 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Philosophy 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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