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Against Moral Responsibility

Bruce N. Waller


This book launches a spirited attack on a system that is profoundly entrenched in our society and its institutions, deeply rooted in our emotions, and vigorously defended by philosophers from ancient times to the present. The book argues that, despite the creative defenses of it by contemporary thinkers, moral responsibility cannot survive in our naturalistic-scientific system. The scientific understanding of human behavior and the causes that shape human character, it contends, leaves no room for moral responsibility. The book argues that moral responsibility in all its forms—including crimin ... More

Keywords: moral responsibility, human behavior, human character, criminal justice, distributive justice, just deserts, human free will, moral judgments, human relationships, creative abilities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016599
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016599.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce N. Waller, author