Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Five
Radio Chat: 4 December 2014
I discussed "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Five" with listeners on 4 December 2014. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.
In Chapter Three of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle develops the outlines of a theory of moral responsibility. He argues that responsibility requires (1) control and (2) knowledge. What is the meaning of those conditions for moral responsibility? What do they require in practice? Are those conditions for moral responsibility sufficient? What gaps did Aristotle leave? What is required for a full and clear defense of moral responsibility for actions? I answered these questions and more in this discussion of Chapter Five of my book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame.
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- Moral responsibility
- The control condition
- The compatibilist challenge to the control condition
- The epistemic condition
- Voluntary ignorance and voluntary incapacity
- The agency condition
- What's next
- Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame by Diana Brickell
- Moral Luck by Thomas Nagel
- Nicomachean Ethics
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.
From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.
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