Philosophical Studies 176 (5):1177-1201 (2019)

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Felipe De Brigard
Duke University
Samuel Murray
Duke University
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In this paper, we focus on whether and to what extent we judge that people are responsible for the consequences of their forgetfulness. We ran a series of behavioral studies to measure judgments of responsibility for the consequences of forgetfulness. Our results show that we are disposed to hold others responsible for some of their forgetfulness. The level of stress that the forgetful agent is under modulates judgments of responsibility, though the level of care that the agent exhibits toward performing the forgotten action does not. We argue that this result has important implications for a long-running debate about the nature of responsible agency.
Keywords Responsibility  Forget  Fault  Blame  Guilt  Moral Psychology  Experimental Philosophy  Agency  Deep Self
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