Author : Joel Feinberg
Genre : Philosophy
Publisher : Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN : 0534625576
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The Twelfth Edition of this best-selling, topically organized anthology provides a superb balance of historical selections and recent material. This new edition features more readings than ever before--79 total--all, where necessary, in the finest translations available. The readings complement each other and naturally build on the topic being covered. Clear, concise introductions to each Part provide just enough guidance to let students learn from experiencing the readings themselves. The text's long-heralded selection of readings covers topics such as reason and religious belief, human knowledge, mind and its place in nature, determinism, free will and responsibility, and morality and its critics in five parts with careful attention to opposing points of view.

Author : Joel Feinberg
Genre : Philosophy
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ISBN : 0534274943
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Author : Hilary Bok
Genre : Philosophy
Publisher : Princeton University Press
ISBN : 9781400822737
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Can we reconcile the idea that we are free and responsible agents with the idea that what we do is determined according to natural laws? For centuries, philosophers have tried in different ways to show that we can. Hilary Bok takes a fresh approach here, as she seeks to show that the two ideas are compatible by drawing on the distinction between practical and theoretical reasoning. Bok argues that when we engage in practical reasoning--the kind that involves asking "what should I do?" and sifting through alternatives to find the most justifiable course of action--we have reason to hold ourselves responsible for what we do. But when we engage in theoretical reasoning--searching for causal explanations of events--we have no reason to apply concepts like freedom and responsibility. Bok contends that libertarians' arguments against "compatibilist" justifications of moral responsibility fail because they describe human actions only from the standpoint of theoretical reasoning. To establish this claim, she examines which conceptions of freedom of the will and moral responsibility are relevant to practical reasoning and shows that these conceptions are not vulnerable to many objections that libertarians have directed against compatibilists. Bok concludes that the truth or falsity of the claim that we are free and responsible agents in the sense those conceptions spell out is ultimately independent of deterministic accounts of the causes of human actions. Clearly written and powerfully argued, Freedom and Responsibility is a major addition to current debate about some of philosophy's oldest and deepest questions.

Author : Bertrand Russell
Genre : Knowledge, Theory of
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN : 9780192854230
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Classic introduction to the subject of philosophical enquiry.

Author : Ingmar Persson
Genre : Philosophy
Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 9780199676552
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Ingmar Persson presents a new analysis of common sense morality—in particular the act-omission doctrine and the doctrine of double effect. He traces both doctrines to a theory of rights and a conception of responsibility as based on causation, and provides an original account of what it is to have a reason for action.

Author : Ralph Hancock
Genre : Philosophy
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN : 9781442207394
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In The Responsibility of Reason, Ralph C. Hancock undertakes no less than to answer the Heideggerian challenge. Offering trenchant and original interpretations of Aristotle, Heidegger, Strauss, and Alexis de Tocqueville, he argues that Tocqueville saw the essential more clearly than apparently deeper philosophers. Hancock addresses political theorists on the question of the grounding of liberalism, and, at the same time, philosophers on the most basic questions of the meaning and limits of reason. Moreover, he shows how these questions are for us inseparable.

Author : Joseph Raz
Genre : Philosophy
Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 9780199693818
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What are our duties or rights? How should we act? What are we responsible for? Joseph Raz examines the philosophical issues underlying these everyday questions. He explores the nature of normativity--the reasoning behind certain beliefs and emotions about how we should behave--and offers a novel account of responsibility.

Author : Anthony Kenny
Genre : Philosophy
Publisher : Routledge
ISBN : 9781136816215
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This reissue was first published in 1978. Anthony Kenny, one of the most distinguished philosophers in England, explores the notion of responsibility and the precise place of the mental element in criminal actions. Bringing the insights of recent philosophy of mind to bear on contemporary developments in criminal law, he writes with the general reader in mind, no specialist training in philosophy being necessary to appreciate his argument. Kenny shows that abstract distinctions drawn by analytic philosophers are relevant to decisions in matters of life and death, and illustrates the philosophical argument throughout by reference to actual legal cases. The topics he covers are of wide general interest and include: mens rea and mental health, strict liability, freedom and determinism, duress and necessity, intoxication and irresistible impulse, intention and purpose, murder and rape, punishment and deterrence, witchcraft and supernatural beliefs.

Author : Hans Jonas
Genre : Philosophy
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
ISBN : 9780226405971
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Discusses the ethical implications of modern technology and examines the responsibility of humanity for the fate of the world

Author : Frieder Vogelmann
Genre : Philosophy
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN : 9781786602350
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Offering an alternative outlook on contemporary (practical) philosophy, this highly original book provides a conceptual history of responsibility within philosophy, including a critical analysis of the relation between philosophy and its social and political contexts.