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Responsibility: The Epistemic Condition$
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Philip Robichaud and Jan Willem Wieland

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779667

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198779667.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The Epistemic Condition

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(p.1) Introduction
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Responsibility: The Epistemic Condition
Author(s):
Jan Willem Wieland
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779667.003.0017

This Introduction provides an overview of the current state of the debate on the epistemic condition of moral responsibility. Its main goal is to offer a framework that contextualizes the chapters that follow. Section 1 discusses the main concepts of ‘ignorance’ and ‘responsibility’. Section 2 asks why agents should inform themselves. Section 3 describes what is taken to be the core agreement among the main participants in the debate. Section 4 explains how this agreement invites a regress argument with a revisionist implication. Section 5 provides an overview of the main responses to the regress argument. Section 6 addresses the question of why blameless ignorance excuses. Section 7 describes further issues that are addressed in the book. Section 8 concludes with some discussion of future directions the debate might take.

Keywords:   responsibility, ignorance, knowledge, excuse, blameworthiness, epistemic condition, quality-of-will, reasonable expectation, benighting act, unwitting act

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