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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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Sublime Reason

Sublime Reason

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The Stubborn System of Moral Responsibility
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Bruce N. Waller

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028165.003.0007

Philosophers often exaggerate the powers of reason, particularly the capacity of initiating and sustaining deep deliberative (System 2) thought as well as powers of self-control and delayed gratification. Those exaggerations are a important source of confidence in moral responsibility. Many factors influence and inhibit the capacity for effective sustained deliberation. Among those factors are differences in self-efficacy, need for cognition, individual locus-of-control, situational influences, and ego depletion. Differences in those factors undercut the plausibility of basing moral responsibility on deliberative reason.

Keywords:   Need for cognition, ego depletion, self-control, System 1, System 2

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