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dc.contributor.authorDuggan, Austin Paul
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-26T14:17:26Z
dc.date.available2019-08-30T06:00:34Z
dc.date.issued2017-08-30
dc.identifier.otherDuggan_cornellgrad_0058F_10331
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/cornellgrad:10331
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 10361595
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/56918
dc.description.abstractOn a basic desert conception of moral responsibility, any agent who freely, knowingly, and inexcusably acts immorally deserves a negative response just because s/he so acted. The predominant view is that blame is the negative response at issue. I argue that, even if we know that an agent has freely, knowingly, and inexcusably acted immorally, there is no reliable evidence that this fact alone renders the agent deserving of blame or other form of censure. We ought, then, to be skeptical about the desert of blame, and in turn forego blaming or censuring on that basis. I argue that this does not entail that agents are never morally responsible for immoral acts. Some agents may still deserve to feel guilt for their immoral acts, and it is this guiltworthiness that explains their moral responsibility. Moreover, I argue that skepticism about the desert of blame does not impugn the rationality of our blaming emotions. These views stand in stark contrast to extant views concerning blame and moral responsibility, and offer solutions to heretofore unresolved issues in ethics.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophy
dc.titleRetributive Caution, Guiltworthiness, and the Rationality of Anger
dc.typedissertation or thesis
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy
thesis.degree.grantorCornell University
thesis.degree.levelDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.namePh. D., Philosophy
dc.contributor.chairPereboom, Derk
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKosch, Michelle
dc.contributor.committeeMemberManne, Kate A.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSturgeon, Nicholas Lee
dcterms.licensehttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/59810
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.7298/X4TH8JVR


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