Identification and responsibility

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 6 (4):349-376 (2003)
Abstract
Real-self accounts of moral responsibility distinguish between various types of motivational elements. They claim that an agent is responsible for acts suitably related to elements that constitute the agent's real self. While such accounts have certain advantages from a compatibilist perspective, they are problematic in various ways. First, in it, authority and authenticity conceptions of the real self are often inadequately distinguished. Both of these conceptions inform discourse on identification, but only the former is relevant to moral responsibility. Second, authority and authenticity real-self theories are unable to accommodate cases in which the agent neither identifies nor disidentifies with his action and yet seems morally responsible for what he does. Third, authority and authenticity real-self theories are vulnerable to counterexamples in which the provenance of the agent's real self undermines responsibility.
Keywords Compatibilism  Ethics  Identification  Motivation  Responsibility  Bratman, M  Frankfurt, H  Watson, G
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DOI 10.1023/B:ETTA.0000004623.85980.57
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