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Responsibility in a World of Causes
Philosophic Exchange
  • Manuel Vargas, University of San Francisco
Publication Date
9-1-2010
Abstract
A familiar chain of reasoning goes like this: if everything is caused, then no one is genuinely free; if no one is genuinely free, then no one can be morally responsible for anything; so if everything is caused, then no one can be morally responsible for anything. This paper will challenge the part of this reasoning that concerns moral responsibility. What is at stake for us when we ascribe moral responsibility to ourselves and others? This paper will argue that we can reconcile the idea of moral responsibility with a broadly scientific worldview.
Citation Information
Manuel Vargas. "Responsibility in a World of Causes" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vargas/9/