Review of Michael McKenna, Conversation and Responsibility [Book Review]

Philosophical Review 126 (2):285-95 (2017)

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Paul Russell
University of British Columbia
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Michael McKenna’s Conversation and Responsibility is an ambitious and impressive statement of a new theory of moral responsibility. McKenna’s approach builds upon the strategy advanced in P.F. Strawson’s enormously influential “Freedom and Resentment” (which was published in 1962). The account advanced aims to provide Strawson’s theory with the sort of detail that is required to fill significant gaps and respond to a wide range of criticisms and objections that have been directed against it. ....Conversation and Responsibility belongs on the top shelf of any set of readings devoted to the contemporary discussion of moral responsibility. All readers, whatever their philosophical orientation may be, will find it both challenging and rewarding. Whether in the end one endorses the conversational model or not, there can be no doubt that this is a contribution that significantly advances our overall understanding of these important and complex matters.
Keywords Moral Responsibility  P.F Strawson  Punishment  Michael McKenna  Gary Watson  Ethics
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DOI 10.1215/00318108-3771958
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