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New Advances in Causation Agency and Moral Responsibility - a cura di F. Bacchini, S. Caputo, M. Dell’Utri

New Advances in Causation Agency and Moral Responsibility

a cura di F. Bacchini, S. Caputo, M. Dell’Utri

Cambridge Scholars Publisher

2014

1443866253

Abstract

This volume brings together a number of previously unpublished essays that will advance the reader’s philosophical understanding of specific aspects of causation, agency and moral responsibility. These are deeply intertwined notions, and a large proportion of the volume is taken up by papers that shed light on their mutual connections or defend certain claims concerning them.

The volume investigates several important questions, including: Can causation be perceived? If it can, can it be perceived in any way other than visually? Can the interventionist theory developed by James Woodward offer an adequate account of causation? Is a causal relation a necessary condition for moral responsibility? Can there be a responsibility difference without a causal difference? Are causal ascriptions based on the more primitive language game of blame ascriptions? What can be learnt from the analogy between causal interference and unbreakable processes, on one side, and motivational interferences and “unbreakable” resolutions, on the other side? How can humans be routinely considered responsible for non-deliberated omissions? Should the connection between moral responsibility and the epistemic conditions usually required for moral responsibility to be obtained be weakened? What is the connection between awareness of one’s doing and intentional action?

Index

Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………….. vii
Chapter One ……………………………………………………………………………………. 1
Causation and the Interventionist Vector of Explanatory Depth
Fernanda Samaniego
Chapter Two …………………………………………………………………………………. 18
Explanatory Depth, Inference to the Best Explanation and Proportionality
Alexandre Marcellesi
Chapter Three ……………………………………………………………………………….. 32
Complex Causation in the Race Debate
Ludovica Lorusso
Chapter Four …………………………………………………………………………………. 49
Causal Sufficiency and Interferences
Lorenzo Azzano
Chapter Five …………………………………………………………………………………. 63
Absolute Coincidences and Salmon’s Interactive Fork Model
Alessandra Melas
Chapter Six …………………………………………………………………………………… 79
The Method of Contrast and the Perception of Causality in Audition
Elvira Di Bona
Chapter Seven ……………………………………………………………………………….. 94
Actual-Sequence Freedom
Carolina Sartorio
Chapter Eight ………………………………………………………………………………. 106
Causes and Blame: A Pragmatic Analysis
Daniele Santoro and Marcello Di Paola
Chapter Nine ……………………………………………………………………………….. 121
Responsibility Regardless of Causation
Federico L.G. Faroldi
Chapter Ten ………………………………………………………………………………… 144
Skepticism and Control
Sofia Bonicalzi
Chapter Eleven ……………………………………………………………………………. 165
Understanding Strength of Will
Michael Brent
Chapter Twelve ……………………………………………………………………………. 179
Responsibility and Narrative Agency
Irene Bucelli
Chapter Thirteen ………………………………………………………………………….. 194
Empathy and Concern for Others
Sarah Songhorian
Chapter Fourteen …………………………………………………………………………. 214
Truth and Moral Responsibility
P. Roger Turner
Chapter Fifteen ……………………………………………………………………………. 231
“I was not aware I was doing that”
Franziska Müller
Abstracts …………………………………………………………………………………….. 246
Contributors ………………………………………………………………………………… 253
Index of Names……………………………………………………………………………. 256