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Social Dimensions of Moral Responsibility

Social Dimensions of Moral Responsibility

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To what extent are we responsible for our actions? Philosophical theorizing about this question has recently taken a social turn, marking a shift in focus from traditional metaphysical concerns about free will and determinism. Recent theories have attended to the interpersonal dynamics at the
heart of moral responsibility practices and the role of the moral environment in scaffolding agency. Yet, the implications of social inequality and the role of social power for our moral responsibility practices remains a surprisingly neglected topic. The conception of agency involved in current
approaches to moral responsibility is overly idealized, assuming that our practices involve interactions between equally empowered and situated agents.

In twelve new essays and a substantial introduction, this volume systematically challenges this assumption, exploring the impact of social factors such as power relationships and hierarchies, paternalism, socially constructed identities, race, gender and class on moral responsibility. Social factors
have bearing on the circumstances in which agents act as well as on the person or people in the position to hold that agent accountable for his or her action. Additionally, social factors bear on the parties who pass judgment on the agent.

Leading theorists of moral responsibility, including Michael McKenna, Marina Oshana, and Manuel Vargas, consider the implications of oppression and structural inequality for their respective theories. Neil Levy urges the need to refocus our analyses of the epistemic and control conditions for moral
responsibility from individual to socially extended agents. Leading theorists of relational autonomy, including Catriona Mackenzie, Natalie Stoljar and Andrea Westlund develop new insights into the topic of moral responsibility. Other contributors bring debates about moral responsibility into
dialogue with recent work in feminist philosophy, social epistemology and social psychology on topics such as epistemic injustice and implicit bias. Collectively, the essays in this volume reorient philosophical debates about moral responsibility in important new directions.

Author: Katrina Hutchison
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: 04/11/2018
Pages: 344
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.30lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.20w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780190609610

About the Author

Katrina Hutchison is a research fellow in philosophy at Macquarie University, Sydney. She works mainly in bioethics and moral psychology. Her research draws on feminist scholarship and is unified by concern for those who lack social power.

Catriona Mackenzie is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has published extensively in moral psychology, feminist philosophy and applied ethics. Within these areas she is known especially for her work on relational autonomy and practical identity.

Marina Oshana is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis. Her research reflects her evolving interest in the nature of personal autonomy and the conditions for autonomous agency, the meaning of moral responsibility and the conditions for responsible agency, and the nature of the self and of self-identity. She has published widely in these areas, as well as in feminist analyses of responsibility and in philosophy of law.

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