David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Studies 140 (1):117 - 133 (2008)
I argue that, according to ordinary morality, there is moral inertia, that is, moral pressure to fail to intervene in certain circumstances. Moral inertia is manifested in scenarios with a particular causal structure: deflection scenarios, where a threatening or benefiting process is diverted from a group of people to another. I explain why the deflection structure is essential for moral inertia to be manifested. I argue that there are two different manifestations of moral inertia: strict prohibitions on interventions, and constraints on interventions. Finally, I discuss the connection between moral inertia and the distinction between killing and letting die (or doing and allowing harm).
|Keywords||Killing Letting die Deflection Causation Trolley Malm|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Christopher Boorse & Roy A. Sorensen (1988). Ducking Harm. Journal of Philosophy 85 (3):115-134.
Alan Donagan (1977). The Theory of Morality. University of Chicago Press.
N. Hall (2007). Structural Equations and Causation. Philosophical Studies 132 (1):109 - 136.
H. M. Malm (1989). Killing, Letting Die, and Simple Conflicts. Philosophy and Public Affairs 18 (3):238-258.
T. Maudlin (2004). Causation, Counterfactuals, and the Third Factor. In J. Collins, E. J. Hall & L. A. Paul (eds.), Causation and Counterfactuals. MIT Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Edward Feser (2011). Existential Inertia and the Five Ways. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 85 (2):237-267.
Beryl E. Clotfelter (1970). Reference Systems and Inertia. Ames,Iowa State University Press.
Alexander Afriat & Ermenegildo Caccese (2010). The Relativity of Inertia and Reality of Nothing. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 41 (1):9-26.
Mary Maxwell (1992). Moral Inertia. Zygon 27 (1):51-64.
John Beaudoin (2007). The World's Continuance: Divine Conservation or Existential Inertia? [REVIEW] International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 61 (2):83 - 98.
Jason Zimba (2008). Inertia and Determinism. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 59 (3):417-428.
Neil C. Manson (2009). Epistemic Inertia and Epistemic Isolationism: A Response to Buchanan. Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (3):291-298.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads36 ( #50,891 of 1,099,957 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #90,387 of 1,099,957 )
How can I increase my downloads?