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Joel J. Kupperman

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195096545

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096545.001.0001

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Character and Responsibility

Character and Responsibility

(p.47) 3 Character and Responsibility

Joel J. Kupperman

Oxford University Press

Are we responsible for our characters? This question is the heart of this chapter. People are responsible for their characters because they chose them. Holding people responsible for their characters, even if these are largely involuntary, is effective and functional in a way in which holding people responsible for involuntary actions is not. People should be responsible and liable both for their characters and for actions that flow from their characters. The fact of the matter is whether someone is responsible for her or his character and this fact is independent both of how we actually talk in such matters and of whether it is advantageous that we continue to talk in such a way.

Keywords:   character and responsibility, character, responsible, involuntary action, Bloggs, desires, Buddhism, mutatis mutandis, self-concepts, realism

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