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Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke, and Harry S. Silverstein

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014731

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014731.001.0001

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Action, Ethics, and Responsibility: A Framework

Action, Ethics, and Responsibility: A Framework

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Action, Ethics, and Responsibility

Joseph Keim Campbell

Michael O’Rourke

Harry S. Silverstein

The MIT Press

This book is largely focused on the issue of responsibility; its chapters discuss topics all significantly related to this issue, including metaphysics, action theory, ethics and moral theory, and the philosophy of law. One of the main topics in this chapter is the metaphysics of moral responsibility, in which two relevant conditions are necessary in order for a person to assume responsibility for an action. First, there is a freedom-relevant condition and, second, there is an epistemic condition. The former has always been controversial such that there exists no generally accepted view of its principles; the few uncontroversial ones will be the subject of discussion here. The “alternatives view” of free will, which states that an action is free only if the doer had alternative possibilities of action, is also examined here.

Keywords:   moral responsibility, metaphysics, action theory, ethics, moral theory, philosophy of law, freedom-relevant condition, epistemic condition

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