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Who Knew?: Responsibility Without Awareness

George Sher


To be responsible for their acts, agents must both act voluntarily and in some sense know what they are doing. Of these requirements, the voluntariness condition has been much discussed, but the epistemic condition has received far less attention. This book seeks to remedy that imbalance: it first criticizes a popular but inadequate way of understanding the epistemic condition and then seeks to develop a more adequate alternative. The popular but inadequate view asserts that agents are responsible only for what they are consciously aware of doing or bringing about. (Because this view takes an ... More

Keywords: responsibility, blame, knowledge, awareness, consciousness, first-person, third-person, negligence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195389197
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389197.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Sher, author
Rice University
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