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Agency and Responsibility: A Common-Sense Moral Psychology

Jeanette Kennett


Is it ever possible for people to act freely and intentionally against their better judgement? Is it ever possible to act in opposition to one's strongest desire? If either of these questions are answered in the negative, the common-sense distinctions between recklessness, weakness of will and compulsion collapse. This would threaten our ordinary notion of self-control and undermine our practice of holding each other responsible for moral failure. So a clear and plausible account of how weakness of will and self-control are possible is of great practical significance. Taking the problem of wea ... More

Keywords: better judgement, recklessness, weakness of will, compulsion, moral agency, moral responsibility, moral failure, evil, virtue, value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199266302
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeanette Kennett, author
Monash University, Australia
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