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Moral Psychology and Human AgencyPhilosophical Essays on the Science of Ethics$
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Justin D'Arms and Daniel Jacobson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717812

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717812.001.0001

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Moral Psychology as Accountability

Moral Psychology as Accountability

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Moral Psychology and Human Agency

Brendan Dill

Stephen Darwall

Oxford University Press

On the basis of recent work in moral philosophy (Darwall 2006; 2013a; 2013b), this chapter hypothesizes that interpersonal accountability plays a foundational role in moral psychology. Drawing on a large body of empirical evidence, it argues that the implicit aim of the central moral motives and emotions is to hold people accountable for compliance with the demands of morality. Moral condemnation aims to hold perpetrators accountable to moral demands, and moral conscience aims to hold oneself accountable to these demands. This framework allows us to see what makes morality distinctive: its essential connection to accountability.

Keywords:   accountability, moral emotions, moral motivation, reactive attitudes, second-person standpoint

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