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The Stubborn System of Moral Responsibility$
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Bruce N. Waller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028165

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028165.001.0001

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The Strike-Back Roots of Moral Responsibility

The Strike-Back Roots of Moral Responsibility

(p.39) 3 The Strike-Back Roots of Moral Responsibility
The Stubborn System of Moral Responsibility

Bruce N. Waller

The MIT Press

Strike-back emotions can be found in many species, including humans. Strike-back emotions are powerful, and may be essential to our moral lives; however, they are easily exploited and inflamed, and they are not legitimate guides to moral behavior. While strike-back emotions can be manipulated and intensified, they can also be ameliorated by careful deliberation; however, strong emotional reactions can block deliberative examination of causes.

Keywords:   populist punitiveness, redirected aggression, retribution, strike-back emotions, vengeance

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