Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility: Volume 1

ISBN : 9780199694853

David Shoemaker
328 Pages
143 x 223 mm
Pub date
Aug 2013
Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility
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Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility is a series of volumes presenting outstanding new work on a set of connected themes, investigating such questions as: * What does it mean to be an agent? * What is the nature of moral responsibility? Of criminal responsibility? What is the relation between moral and criminal responsibility (if any)? * What is the relation between responsibility and the metaphysical issues of determinism and free will? * What do various psychological disorders tell us about agency and responsibility? * How do moral agents develop? How does this developmental story bear on questions about the nature of moral judgment and responsibility? * What do the results from neuroscience imply (if anything) for our questions about agency and responsibility? OSAR thus straddles the areas of moral philosophy and philosophy of action, but also draws from a diverse range of cross-disciplinary sources, including moral psychology, psychology proper (including experimental and developmental), philosophy of psychology, philosophy of law, legal theory, metaphysics, neuroscience, neuroethics, political philosophy, and more. It is unified by its focus on who we are as deliberators and (inter)actors, embodied practical agents negotiating (sometimes unsuccessfully) a world of moral and legal norms.


1. Introduction
2. The Possibility of Action as the Impossibility of Certain Forms of Self-Alienation
3. The Possibility of Action as the Impossibility of Certain Forms of Self-Alienation
4. The Fecundity of Planning Agency
5. Can I Only Intend My Own Actions? Intentions and the Own Action Condition
6. Regret, Agency, and Error
7. Phenomenal Abilities: Incompatibilism and the Experience of Agency
8. Reasons-Responsiveness, Agents and Mechanisms
9. Responsibility, Naturalism and 'the Morality System'
10. The Three-Fold Significance of the Blaming Emotions
11. Unwitting Wrongdoers and the Role of Moral Disagreement in Blame
12. Partial Desert
13. Values, Sanity, and Responsibility
14. Fairness and the Architecture of Responsibility

About the author: 

David Shoemaker is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Murphy Institute at Tulane University. He is the author or co-author of two books and thirty-five articles, many of them having to do with the issues of agency, responsibility, and personal identity.

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