The Stubborn System of Moral Responsibility

2015.04.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bruce N. Waller, The Stubborn System of Moral Responsibility, MIT Press, 2015, 294pp., $38.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262028165.  
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2015.04.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bruce N. Waller, The Stubborn System of Moral Responsibility, MIT Press, 2015, 294pp., $38.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262028165.   Reviewed by Seth Shabo, University of Delaware This book is a spirited and engaging broadside against ordinary belief in moral responsibility. Specifically, Bruce Waller challenges the entrenched belief that people bear the kind of moral responsibility for their conduct that would justify punishing them on the grounds that they deserve it. What needs explaining, in Waller's view, is why so many philosophers continue to defend this orthodoxy in the face of such powerful counterevidence. His proposed explanation encompasses a range of psychological and social factors that powerfully reinforce this belief. These include the animal impulse to strike back when harmed, an impulse that often inhibits deeper reflection into the causes of the offender's conduct; the desire to justify expressions. . .

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