Moral Responsibility and Foundationalism

Philosophia 43 (2):381-402 (2015)
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If an individual is morally responsible, then there is a responsibility-foundation that makes him morally responsible, but there is no responsibility-foundation that makes him responsible. This rested on the notion that if there were a responsibility-foundation, it would be either an ungrounded choice or an ungrounded character state and that neither can serve as the foundation. The paper then considered three types of objections. First, moral responsibility does not require a responsibility-foundation. Second, a character state can serve as the foundation. Third, we know people are responsible even if we don't know what the foundation is. These objections fail.

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Stephen Kershnar
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