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Perfectionism and the Common GoodThemes in the Philosophy of T. H. Green$
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David O. Brink

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266409.001.0001

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SELF‐CONSCIOUSNESS AND PRACTICAL RESPONSIBILITY

SELF‐CONSCIOUSNESS AND PRACTICAL RESPONSIBILITY

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IX. SELF‐CONSCIOUSNESS AND PRACTICAL RESPONSIBILITY
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Perfectionism and the Common Good
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DOI:10.1093/0199266409.003.0009

This chapter focuses on Green's arguments about the role of self-consciousness in practical responsibility or moral personality. Green denies that moral responsibility is threatened by determinism and requires indeterminism. He believes that indeterminism is a greater threat to responsibility, inasmuch as it is unclear why we should hold a person accountable for actions that are not due to his character. Green shows the influence of a long tradition of thinking about agency that extends back to the Greeks and is given forceful articulation by moderns, such as Butler, Reid, and Kant.

Keywords:   T. H. Green, moral personality, determinism, indeterminisn, Butler, Reid, Kant

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