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Moral Luck, the Failure of Control, and the Ability and Contribution Theory

dc.contributor.author Metz, Joseph
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-17T19:16:56Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-17T19:16:56Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/6604
dc.description.abstract We do not want arbitrariness in our moral judgments. In the first half of my thesis, I will discuss moral luck and the problem it poses for assigning moral responsibility in a non-arbitrary manner. Once I have discussed this problem, I will present one general model, which I will call the “Control Theory,” for how to resolve this issue that I take to be an intuitive solution because it upholds the traditional line of thought that agents should only be held morally accountable for what they can control. In order to fully discuss this model, I will establish a conceptual framework of what it means to “control” a decision or the outcome of an action. Following this, I will describe three versions of the Control Theory in order to provide the idea of assigning moral responsibility based on control the strongest possible chance for success. I will argue against these three frameworks that are based on control and will discuss the implications of the failure of using control to successfully resolve the problem of assigning moral responsibility in cases involving moral luck. In the second half of my thesis, I will present one response to the problem of assigning moral responsibility in cases involving moral luck, the Responsibility by Ability Theory, and I will then describe the limitations of this theory. This will lead me to modify the Responsibility by Ability Theory to form the Responsibility by Ability and Contribution Theory, which I will then defend as a viable solution to the issue of assigning moral responsibility in cases involving moral luck.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Moral Luck
dc.subject Moral Responsibility
dc.subject Control
dc.subject Ability and Contribution Theory
dc.subject Blame
dc.title Moral Luck, the Failure of Control, and the Ability and Contribution Theory
dc.type Honors thesis
dc.department Philosophy


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