Reasons-responsiveness and ownership-of-agency: Fischer and Ravizza's historicist theory of responsibility [Book Review]

Journal of Ethics 6 (3):199-234 (2002)
No one has done more than John Martin Fischer and Mark Ravizza to advance our understanding of the important dispute in the theory of responsibility between structuralists and historicists. This makes it all the more important to take the measure of Responsibility and Control, their most recent contribution to the historicist side of the discussion. In this paper I examine some novel features of their most recent version of responsiblity-historicism, especially their new notions of "moderate reasons-responsiveness" and "ownership-of-agency." Fischer and Ravizza intend these new elements to solve two problems untouched by earlier versions of their theory: the "problem of strange preference patterns" and the "reasons-responsiveness problem of induction." I argue that they cannot solve these problems within the theoretical strictures they place upon themselves, namely a minimalist meta-ethics of value and practical reason, and attention only to certain formal features of preference-acquisition. I conclude that historicist compatibilists cannot hope to meet the challenge of structuralist compatibilism, from the one side, and of incompatibilism, from the other, unless they take on the full task of accounting for the difference between the child's acquisition of autonomous substantive preferences and values and her acquisition of heteronomous ones.
Keywords autonomy  compatibilism  control  freedom  historicism  incompatibilism  John Martin Fischer  practical reason  responsibility  structuralism
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2004
DOI 10.1023/A:1019561013541
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,658
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
On the Importance of History for Responsible Agency.Manuel Vargas - 2006 - Philosophical Studies 127 (3):351-382.
Moral Responsibility and Agents' Histories.Alfred R. Mele - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 142 (2):161 - 181.
The Trouble with Externalist Compatibilist Autonomy.Stefaan E. Cuypers - 2006 - Philosophical Studies 129 (2):171-196.
Fischer and Ravizza on History and Ownership.Seth Shabo - 2005 - Philosophical Explorations 8 (2):103-114.
Moral Responsibility and Agents’ Histories.Alfred Mele - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 142 (2):161-181.

View all 7 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Fischer and Ravizza on Moral Responsibility.Alfred R. Mele - 2005 - Journal of Ethics 10 (3):283-294.
Fischer and Ravizza on History and Ownership.Seth Shabo - 2005 - Philosophical Explorations 8 (2):103-114.
Plausibility, Manipulation, and Fischer and Ravizza.Christopher Evan Franklin - 2006 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 (2):173-192.
Making a Difference.Pamela Hieronymi - 2011 - Social Theory and Practice 37 (1):81-94.
A Problem for Guidance Control.Patrick Todd & Neal A. Tognazzini - 2008 - Philosophical Quarterly 58 (233):685-692.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

47 ( #110,822 of 2,169,706 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #186,213 of 2,169,706 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums