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Deontology, Responsibility, and Equality

Can deontological moral constraints be justified? When, if ever, are we morally responsible for what we do? How is the ideal of equality best configured? Deontology, Responsibility and Equality deals with selected aspects of these three broad questions that loom large in moral and political philosophy.

503 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 | © 2005

Philosophy: General Philosophy

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Table of Contents

1. Preliminaries
2. Deontology
3. Non-deontology
4. The charge of irrationality
5. The non-equivalence principle
6. Complexity
7. The act concept
8. The course of nature
9. Facts about behavior
10. Harms
11. The concept of responsibility
12. Determinism, compatibilism, and incompatibilism
13 .Ability to do otherwise and the transfer argument
14. Libertarianism
15. Moral responsibility without free will
16. Compatibilist responses
17. Defending the principle of alternative possibilities
18. The ideal of equality
19. Responsibility for being worse-off
20. Telic versus deontic egalitarianism
21. In itself bad
22. Is inequality bad or is equality good?
23. Equally well off in terms of what?
24. Non-distributive egalitarian concerns

1. Moral status and the impermissibility of minimizing violations
2. In what ways are constraints paradoxical?
3. Are killing and letting die morally equivalent?
4. Life-prolonging killings and their relevance to ethics
5. Two puzzles for deontologists: life-prolonging killings and the moral symmetry between killing and causing a person to be unconscious
Moral Responsibility
6. Er determinisme og moralsk ansvar forenelige?
7. Does moral responsibility presuppose alternative possibilities?
8. Kompatibilisme og moralsk ansvar for undladelser af handlinger
9. Frankfurt, responsibility, and reflexivity
10. Identification and responsibility
11. Arneson on equality of opportunity for welfare
12. Equality and responsibility
13. Egalitarianism, option luck, and responsibility
14. Measuring the disvalue of inequality over time
15. Are some inequalities more unequal than others? Nature, nurture, and equality

Appendix I: Methodology
Appendix 2: On defending a significant version of the constancy assumption

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