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Deontic Morality and Control

Deontic Morality and Control by Ishtiyaque Haji
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This book addresses a dilemma concerning freedom and moral obligation (obligation, right and wrong). If determinism is true, then no one has control over one's actions. If indeterminism is true, then no one has control over their actions. But it is morally obligatory, right or wrong for one to perform some action only if one has control over it. Hence, no one ever performs an action that is morally obligatory, right or wrong. The author defends the view that this dilemma can be evaded but not in a way traditional compatibilists about freedom and moral responsibility will find congenial. For moral obligation is indeed incompatible with determinism but not with indeterminism. He concludes with an argument to the effect that, if determinism is true and no action is morally obligatory, right or wrong, then our world would be considerably morally impoverished as several sorts of moral appraisal would be unjustified.
Cambridge University Press; July 2002
304 pages; ISBN 9780511030260
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Title: Deontic Morality and Control
Author: Ishtiyaque Haji
 
ISBNs
0511030266
9780511030260
9780521813877