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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

Bruce N. Waller

The MIT Press

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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