Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 101 (4):651-668 (2020)

Joseph Metz
University of Arizona
Moral responsibility requires that we are in control of what we do. Many contemporary accounts of responsibility cash out this control in terms of abilities and hold that the relevant abilities are strong abilities, like general abilities. This paper raises a problem for strong abilities views: an agent can plausibly be morally responsible for an action or omission, despite lacking any strong abilities to do the relevant thing. It then offers a way forward for ability‐based views, arguing that very weak abilities can form the basis of moral responsibility for both actions and omissions.
Keywords Omissions  Collective Omissions  Collective Action  Moral Responsibility  Abilities  Action Theory
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12323
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