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What kind of responsibility must criminal law presuppose?

R.A. DUFF

in Free Will and Modern Science

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264898
eISBN:
9780191754074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264898.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter argues that the kind of responsibility that we must have, if the enterprise of criminal law and punishment is to be consistent with the demands of justice, is something much more modest, ... More


Freedom and Belief

Galen Strawson

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199247493
eISBN:
9780191594830
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247493.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

There are many senses in which we can be said to be free agents, and to be morally responsible. There is also, however, a strong, fundamental, and natural sense in which these things are impossible. ... More


The Impossibility of Ultimate Moral Responsibility

Galen Strawson

in Real Materialism: and Other Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199267422
eISBN:
9780191708343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267422.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

If we are to be truly or ultimately morally responsible for what we do, we must be truly or ultimately responsible for how we are, at least in certain mental respects. This is because what we ... More


RESPONSIBILITY AND DESERT

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason: A dilemma in the philosophy of life

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199276905
eISBN:
9780191603198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199276900.003.0035
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter starts by analysing the concept of desert along lines suggested by Joel Feinberg. It then argues that this concept is applicable to us only if we have ultimate responsibility, i.e., ... More


Responsibility

Robert Kane

in The Significance of Free Will

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195126563
eISBN:
9780199868506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195126564.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

It is argued on historical grounds that two criteria for free will have led people to suppose it must be incompatible with determinism. The first and most commonly discussed of these criteria is the ... More


INTRODUCTION

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason: A dilemma in the philosophy of life

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199276905
eISBN:
9780191603198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199276900.003.0031
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter takes a preview of the argument of part V. It draws the fundamental distinction between direct and ultimate responsibility. Direct responsibility is the responsibility we have for our ... More


Moral Responsibility and Ultimate Responsibility

K. E. Boxer

in Rethinking Responsibility

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695324
eISBN:
9780191752216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695324.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 1 examines the attempts of four contemporary incompatibilists—Galen Strawson, Robert Kane, Derk Pereboom, and Saul Smilansky—to justify incompatibilism by appeal to the idea that to be ... More


Free Agents

Galen Strawson

in Real Materialism: and Other Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199267422
eISBN:
9780191708343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267422.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter tries to give an account of necessary and sufficient conditions of true freedom of action, of true or ultimate responsibility, even while acknowledging that such ultimate responsibility ... More


Rethinking Responsibility

K. E. Boxer

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695324
eISBN:
9780191752216
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695324.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book is about moral responsibility and whether such responsibility is compatible with causal determinism. It is written by a philosopher who began with deeply incompatibilist intuitions, but ... More


COMPATIBILIST FREEDOM OF WILL

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason: A dilemma in the philosophy of life

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199276905
eISBN:
9780191603198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199276900.003.0034
Subject:
Philosophy, General

If the fact that you could have acted otherwise is to be given a conditional analysis as that you could have acted otherwise if you had decided to do so, the ‘if’-clause must be understood as ... More


THE DEONTOLOGICAL ELEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason: A dilemma in the philosophy of life

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199276905
eISBN:
9780191603198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199276900.003.0036
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on two doctrines that make up deontology: the act-omission doctrine and the doctrine of the double effect. Some arguments against these doctrines are sketched. The main point is ... More


Introduction

K. E. Boxer

in Rethinking Responsibility

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695324
eISBN:
9780191752216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695324.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The Introduction is largely methodological. It argues that if incompatibilists are to show that moral responsibility requires ultimate responsibility—as they must do if they are to show that moral ... More


Conclusion: What’s an Incompatibilist to Do?

K. E. Boxer

in Rethinking Responsibility

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695324
eISBN:
9780191752216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695324.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The conclusion assesses the four options that, at first glance, incompatibilists appear to have open to them: (1) align themselves with the traditional moral retributivist understanding of moral ... More


Antinomy and Truth

Galen Strawson

in Freedom and Belief

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199247493
eISBN:
9780191594830
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247493.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

It seems that there is a fundamental sense in which we cannot be truly free or ultimately morally responsible agents. But does this matter? Certainly we want to be free, but do we really want to be ... More


Creative Authorship without Ultimate Responsibility

Bruce N. Waller

in Against Moral Responsibility

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016599
eISBN:
9780262298940
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016599.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter discusses the repercussions of giving up the belief in moral responsibility and how this can negatively affect human life. Giving up the belief in moral responsibility entails also ... More


The Ground for the Justice of Equality

Ingmar Persson

in Inclusive Ethics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780198792178
eISBN:
9780191840470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792178.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The aim of this chapter is to defend an extremely extensive egalitarianism to the effect that justice requires that everyone be equally well off, unless some autonomously choose to be worse off. It ... More


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