How to (dis)solve Nagel’s paradox about moral luck and responsibility
Palavras-chave:Control. Fair opportunity. Reasons-responsiveness. Responsibility. Moral luck. Nagel.
ResumoIn this paper I defend a solution to the moral luck problem based on what I call “a fair opportunity account of control.” I focus on Thomas Nagel’s claim that moral luck reveals a paradox, and argue that the apparent paradox emerges only because he assumes that attributions of responsibility require agents to have total control over their actions. I argue that a more modest understanding of what it takes for someone to be a responsible agent—i.e., being capable of doing the right thing for the right reasons— dissolves the paradox and shows that responsibility and luck aren’t at odds.
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