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Responsibility from the Margins

David Shoemaker


This book develops a pluralistic quality of will theory of responsibility, motivated by our ambivalence to real life cases of marginal agency, such as those with clinical depression, scrupulosity, psychopathy, autism, intellectual disability, and more. Our ambivalent responses suggest that such agents are responsible in some ways but not others. A tripartite theory is developed to account for this fact of our ambivalence via exploration of the appropriateness conditions of three distinct categories of our pan-cultural emotional responsibility responses (sentiments). The first type of responsib ... More

Keywords: marginal agents, quality of will, responsibility, depression, psychopathy, autism, sentiments, attributability, answerability, accountability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198715672
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715672.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Shoemaker, author
Tulane University