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Manipulated Agents: A Window to Moral Responsibility

Alfred R. Mele

Abstract

Thought experiments featuring manipulated agents and designed agents have played a significant role in the literature on moral responsibility. What can we learn from thought experiments of this kind about the nature of moral responsibility? That is this book’s primary question. An important lesson lies at the core of its answer: Moral responsibility for actions has a historical dimension of a certain kind. A pair of agents whose current nonhistorical properties are very similar and who perform deeds of the same kind may nevertheless be such that one is morally responsible for the deed whereas ... More

Keywords: compatibilism, designed agents, experimental philosophy, free will, instant agents, manipulation, moral responsibility, personal histories, thought experiments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190927967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190927967.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alfred R. Mele, author
William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Florida State University