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  • ISBN: 9780226763279
  • ISBN10: 0226763277

Moral Responsibility and the Boundaries of Community Power and Accountability from a Pragmatic Point of View

by Marion Smiley

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 2
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 06/01/1992
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Description: Preface 1. Introduction The Political Context of Moral Responsibility Beyond Free Will and Determinism Philosophical Pragmatism and Social Practice Part One 2. Communal Blame and the Classical Worldview Why We Cannot All Be Kantians Aristotle on the Conditions of Voluntariness The Responsibility of Children Blameworthiness, Communal Standards, and the Primacy of Moral Luck Volitional Excuses and the Criteria of Blameworthiness 3. Transcendental Authority and the Damnation of Christian Sinners Transcendental Authority Threatened From Communal Accountability to Moral Sin Religious Ascription vs. Scientific Discovery 4. Internalized Transcendence and the Modern Moral Conscience Moral Guilt and the Internalization of Social Blame The Burdens of Free Will Determinism, Moral Luck, and Insufficient Control Part Two 5. Moral Responsibility and the Prevention of Harm Shared Starting Points A Radical Extension of Moral Responsibility Traditional Constraints and the Deflation of Radical Theory The Subjectification of Social Blame 6. Social Expectations, Role Playing, and the Primacy of Moral Agency A Deontological View of Moral Agency Moral Agency and Social Norms Social Norms, Role Playing, and the Collapse of a Conservative Perspective 7. Moral Agency and the Distribution of Organizational Blame Moral Blame and Democratic Accountability Organizational Excuses Moral Tasks and the Distribution of Power Part Three 8. Actions, Consequences, and the Boundaries of Community Alternative Approaches The Practice of Moral Responsibility Casual Responsibility and Practical Control Interests, Expectations, and Social Roles Casual Responsibility and the Boundaries of Community Shifting Boundaries The Problem of Omissions When Do We Become Killers? 9. Private Blame and Public Accountability Moral Responsibility, Causation, and Blameworthiness Volitional Excuses and the Question of Fairness Do We Really Need to Talk about Free Will? Social Blame and the Regulation of Communal Standards Blaming, Interests, and the Maintenance of Power From Public Accountability to Moral Blameworthiness and Back 10. Conclusion: Morality and Power Bibliography Index
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