Moral Responsibility and Desert of Praise and Blame

Moral Responsibility and Desert of Praise and Blame

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Through critical examination of three main contemporary approaches to describing moral responsibility (sourcehood, sentiment, and reasons-responsive), this book illustrates why philosophers must take into account the relationship between retrospective moral responsibility and desert of praise or blame. The author advances the moral attitude account, whereby desert of praise and blame depends on the agent's moral attitudes in response to moral reasons, and retrospective moral responsibility results from expressions of those attitudes in overt more

Product details

  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 157 x 238 x 19mm | 435g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739191756
  • 9780739191750

Review quote

Moral Responsibility and Desert of Praise and Blame is a well-written book that investigates complex issues in the metaphysics of moral responsibility. Among its contributions is an impressive discussion of sourcehood, sentiment, and reason-responsibility views of moral responsibility, including pluses and minuses of each view. Some traditional disputes are avoided but there is a solid understanding of the literature as well as provocative theses offered along the way. Is causal responsibility necessary for moral responsibility? Wait and see. This is a book worth reading and discussing. -- Joe Campbell, Washington State University Anton provides a refreshing take on the topic of moral responsibility. By taking praise and blame as her central categories, she opens up new lines of inquiry in established debates. -- Linda Radzik, Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M Universityshow more

About Audrey L. Anton

Audrey Anton is assistant professor of philosophy at Western Kentucky more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Sourcehood Chapter 3: Sentiment Views Chapter 4: Reasons-responsive Views Chapter 5: Putting the Cart before the Horse Chapter 6: Moral Attitudes Chapter 7: Applications and Implications Chapter 8: Conclusionshow more