Responsibility from the Margins

2016.03.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Shoemaker, Responsibility from the Margins, Oxford University Press, 2015, 262pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198715672.
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2016.03.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Shoemaker, Responsibility from the Margins, Oxford University Press, 2015, 262pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198715672. Reviewed by Matthew Talbert, West Virginia University Like a great deal of contemporary work on moral responsibility, David Shoemaker's impressive new book owes a debt to the approach pioneered by P. F. Strawson in his 1963 essay, "Freedom and Resentment." Indeed, Shoemaker describes his book as an "attempt to develop as fully as possible a Strawsonian theory of responsibility" (vii). Shoemaker is, however, no orthodox Strawsonian, and his reservations about the dominant elaborations of that perspective provide the framework for developing a distinctive and meticulously defended theory of moral responsibility. Shoemaker's approach will certainly influence how debates about moral responsibility unfold in the coming years. Part of Strawson's lasting contribution is to have drawn attention. . .

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