Total Collapse: The Case Against Responsibility and Morality

  • Stephen Kershnar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Stephen Kershnar
    Pages 1-7
  3. No Non-consequentialist Morality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Stephen Kershnar
      Pages 11-25
    3. Stephen Kershnar
      Pages 27-42
  4. Why There is no Non-consequentialist Morality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Stephen Kershnar
      Pages 133-147
    3. Stephen Kershnar
      Pages 149-161
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 163-193

About this book


This book argues that there is no morality and that people are not morally responsible for what they do. In particular, it argues that what people do is neither right nor wrong and that they are neither praiseworthy nor blameworthy for doing it.  Morality and moral responsibility lie at the heart of how we view the world. In our daily life, we feel that people act rightly or wrongly, make the world better or worse, and are virtuous or vicious. These policies are central to our justifying how we see the world and treat others. In this book, the author argues that our views on these matters are false. He presents a series of arguments that threaten to undermine our theoretical and practical worldviews. The philosophical costs of denying moral responsibility and morality are enormous. It does violence to philosophical positions that many people took a lifetime to develop. Worse, it does violence to our everyday view of people. A host of concepts that we rely on daily (praiseworthy, blameworthy, desert, virtue, right, wrong, good, bad, etc.) fail to refer to any property in the world and are thus deeply mistaken. This book is of interest to philosophers, lawyers, and humanities professors as well as people interested in morality, law, religion, and public policy. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen Kershnar
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyState University of New York at FredoniaFredoniaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76949-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76950-9
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