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Consciousness and Moral Responsibility

Neil Levy


Cognitive neuroscience and psychology provide a great deal of evidence that our actions are often shaped by information of which we are not conscious; some psychologists have concluded that we are actually conscious of very few of the facts we respond to. But most people seem to assume that we need to be conscious of the facts we respond to in order to be morally responsible for what we do. Some thinkers have argued that this naive assumption is wrong, and we need not be conscious of these facts to be responsible, while others think it is correct and therefore we are never responsible. This bo ... More

Keywords: Moral responsibility, consciousness, psychology, neuroscience, global workspace theory, agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198704638
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Levy, author
University of Melbourne