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Against Moral Responsibility$
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Bruce N. Waller

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016599

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016599.001.0001

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A World without Moral Responsibility

A World without Moral Responsibility

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Against Moral Responsibility
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Bruce N. Waller

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016599.003.0015

This chapter concentrates on the fear of the unknown as the main deterrent to contemplating the abolition of moral responsibility. For a very long time, man has been invariably attached to the system of moral responsibility that they have developed a fear of a world existing without the practices and institutions of moral responsibility. In discussing these fears, this chapter hopes to alleviate them and show that it is possible to conceive of a world without moral responsibility. In many respects, such a world would not be so different; certainly not as disastrously different as many have supposed. It is still possible to make free choices, moral judgments, and sincere apologies; also, self-respect and sense of individual worth could still be retained in such a world. Smilansky, on the other hand, argues otherwise, claiming that man could not be worthy of self-respect if they were not the center of the universe or if they ceased to be special beings.

Keywords:   fear of the unknown, abolition of moral responsibility, system of moral responsibility, free choices, moral judgments, sincere apologies, self-respect, individual worth, Smilansky

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