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Joshua Knobe, Tania Lombrozo, and Shaun Nichols

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718765

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718765.001.0001

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Huck vs. JoJo

Huck vs. JoJo

Moral Ignorance and the (A)symmetry of Praise and Blame

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(p.7) 1 Huck vs. JoJo
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Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy
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David Faraci

David Shoemaker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718765.003.0002

When Huckleberry Finn fails to turn in Jim, he believes he is going to hell for doing what he has been raised to believe is wrong. When Susan Wolf’s JoJo—raised by his dictator father to embrace his father’s evil values—grows up, he tortures peasants on a whim. Are they morally responsible? Many philosophers have simply assumed what our pretheoretic intuitions are in these cases, and their assumptions have prompted two thoughts: (a) childhood deprivations of moral knowledge excuse from responsibility, and (b) blameworthiness and praiseworthiness are symmetrical, so that whatever agential features excuse from one will excuse from the other. This chapter discusses tests that were designed and implemented to reveal what people’s pretheoretic intuitions actually are in such cases. Both theses are really more nuanced than they have been taken to be, and the unified explanation for the results reveals an under-explored feature of responsibility.

Keywords:   moral responsibility, JoJo, Huckleberry Finn, Susan Wolf, moral ignorance, praise, blame

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