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A new look at the attribution of moral responsibility: the underestimated relevance of social roles


Willemsen, Pascale; Newen, Albert; Kaspar, Kai (2018). A new look at the attribution of moral responsibility: the underestimated relevance of social roles. Philosophical Psychology, 31(4):595-608.

Abstract

What are the main features that influence our attribution of moral responsibility? It is widely accepted that there are various factors which strongly influence our moral judgments, such as the agent’s intentions, the consequences of the action, the causal involvement of the agent, and the agent’s freedom and ability to do otherwise. In this paper, we argue that this picture is incomplete: We argue that social roles are an additional key factor that is radically underestimated in the extant literature. We will present an experiment to support this claim.

Abstract

What are the main features that influence our attribution of moral responsibility? It is widely accepted that there are various factors which strongly influence our moral judgments, such as the agent’s intentions, the consequences of the action, the causal involvement of the agent, and the agent’s freedom and ability to do otherwise. In this paper, we argue that this picture is incomplete: We argue that social roles are an additional key factor that is radically underestimated in the extant literature. We will present an experiment to support this claim.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Applied Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Language:English
Date:19 May 2018
Deposited On:24 Oct 2019 08:47
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 11:32
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0951-5089
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2018.1429592

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