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Building Better Beings: A Theory of Moral Responsibility

Manuel Vargas


This book presents a new theory of moral responsibility. Beginning with a discussion of ordinary convictions about responsibility and free will and their implications for a philosophical theory, Vargas argues that no theory can do justice to all the things we want from a theory of free will and moral responsibility. He goes on to show how we can nevertheless justify our responsibility practices and provide a normatively and naturalistically adequate account of responsible agency, blame, and desert. Three ideas are central to Vargas’ account: the agency cultivation model, circumstantialism abou ... More

Keywords: moral responsibility, free will, blame, desert, revisionism, moral psychology, manipulation, philosophical methodology, agency, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199697540
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697540.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Manuel Vargas, author
University of San Francisco