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Luck's Mischief: Obligation and Blameworthiness on a Thread

Ishtiyaque Haji


Something is subject to luck if it is beyond our control. The book shows that luck detrimentally affects both moral obligation and moral responsibility. The book argues that factors influencing the way we are, together with considerations that link motivation and ability to perform intentional actions, frequently preclude our being able to do otherwise. Since obligation requires that we can do otherwise, luck compromises the range of what is morally obligatory for us. This result, together with principles that conjoin responsibility and obligation, is then exploited to derive the further skept ... More

Keywords: luck, moral obligation, moral responsibility, freedom to do otherwise, control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190260774
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260774.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ishtiyaque Haji, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Calgary