Causal Contributions and Responsibility

Sun 15, 4-5:30 pm PDT
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This talk is about how our causal contributions can affect our moral responsibility. In particular, I discuss the following question: Is the relevant notion of contribution one that comes in degrees? In other words, can we be more or less responsible for outcomes by virtue of having contributed more or less to the occurrence of those outcomes? In recent years there has been a lively debate on this issue. In this talk, I take a stand on this debate. I argue that actual causal contributions don’t come in degrees, but that there are other metaphysical notions that can be brought to bear on this debate, and some of those notions do come in degrees.

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