My Way: Essays on Moral Responsibility

Oxford University Press (2006)

Authors
John Fischer
University of California, Riverside
Abstract
This is a selection of essays on moral responsibility that represent the major components of John Martin Fischer's overall approach to freedom of the will and moral responsibility. The collection exhibits the overall structure of Fischer's view and shows how the various elements fit together to form a comprehensive framework for analyzing free will and moral responsibility. The topics include deliberation and practical reasoning, freedom of the will, freedom of action, various notions of control, and moral accountability. The essays seek to provide a foundation for our practices of holding each other (and ourselves) morally and legally accountable for our behavior. A crucial move is the distinction between two kinds of control. According to Fischer, "regulative control" involves freedom to choose and do otherwise ("alternative possibilities"), whereas "guidance control" does not. Fischer contends that guidance control is all the freedom we need to be morally responsible agents. Further, he contends that such control is fully compatible with causal determinism. Additionally, Fischer argues that we do not need genuine access to alternative possibilities in order for there to be a legitimate point to practical reasoning. Fischer's overall framework contains an argument for the contention that guidance control, and not regulative control, is associated with moral responsibility, a sketch of a comprehensive theory of moral responsibility (that ties together responsibility for actions, omissions, consequences, and character), and an account of the value of moral responsibility. On this account, the value of exhibiting freedom (of the relevant sort) and thus being morally responsible for one's behavior is a species of the value of artistic self-expression.
Keywords Responsibility  Free will and determinism
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2007, 2008
Buy the book $18.95 used (49% off)   $36.95 direct from Amazon    Amazon page
Call number BJ1451.F565 2006
ISBN(s) 9780195179552   0195179552   9780195337464
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 48,902
External links

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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Non-Agential Permissibility In Epistemology.Luis R. G. Oliveira - 2015 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (2):389-394.
Fischer-Style Compatibilism.Michael Garnett - 2013 - Analysis 73 (2):387-397.
A Theory of the Normative Force of Pleas.Christopher Evan Franklin - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 163 (2):479-502.
Free Will Agnosticism.Stephen Kearns - 2013 - Noûs 47 (2):235-252.

View all 67 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Moral Responsibility and Subverting Causes.Andy Taylor - 2010 - Dissertation, University of Reading
Responsibility, Control, and Omissions.John Martin Fischer - 1997 - The Journal of Ethics 1 (1):45-64.
Making a Difference.Pamela Hieronymi - 2011 - Social Theory and Practice 37 (1):81-94.
Free Will and Moral Responsibility.John Martin Fischer - 2004 - In David Copp (ed.), Handbook on Ethical Theory. Oxford University Press.
Choice, Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities.Vivienne Brown - 2006 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (3):265-288.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
178 ( #46,926 of 2,309,720 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #160,089 of 2,309,720 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature