Mar 23 - Freedom Center Colloquium Series: Austin Duggan

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Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:30 to 13:45

On Mar 23, the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom will host Austin Duggan, doctoral candidate at the Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University. His research focuses on the nature and norms of moral responsibility. His talk is entitled "A Guilt-Focused View Of Moral Responsibiity." (Abstract below.)

Thursday, Mar 23, 12:30-1:45pm, in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center, Marshall 280 (right above Paradise Bakery).  Feel free to bring lunch.

For further information, please visit the Arizona Freedom Center at http://freedomcenter.arizona.edu/colloquium

 

ABSTRACT

A Guilt-Focused View Of Moral Responsibility"

It is often alleged that an agent is morally responsible in a liability sense for an immoral act just in case s/he deserves to be blamed for it. Aside from a few exceptions, the feeling of guilt is cited in recent discussions of moral responsibility, if at all, as merely an effect of being blamed, or as a reliable indicator of moral responsibility, but not itself an explanation of moral responsibility for immoral acts. In my talk, I'll argue that an agent is morally responsible in a liability sense for an immoral act just in case s/he deserves to feel guilt for it. I argue that this alternative view solves some puzzling features about moral responsibility that the competing blame-focused view cannot. Specifically, it offers a compelling way to reconcile conflicting intuitions about the suberogatory, and explains the moral responsibility of both the blame-insensitive and of those outside of the moral community.

 

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