Moral Responsibility and Ontology

  • Ton van den Beld

Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Ton van den Beld
      Pages 1-9
  3. Moral Responsibility and Ontology: Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N3-N3
    2. Peter van Inwagen
      Pages 11-23
  4. Responsibility and Personal Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N5-N5
    2. Keith Graham
      Pages 49-61
  5. Incompatibilist Arguments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N7-N7
    2. Maureen Sie
      Pages 113-128
    3. Christopher Mark Grau
      Pages 129-141
    4. René van Woudenberg
      Pages 143-153
  6. Compatibilist Positions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N9-N9
    2. James Lenman
      Pages 171-182
    3. Kevin Magill
      Pages 183-197
    4. Paul Russell
      Pages 199-218
  7. Some Related Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N11-N11
    2. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev
      Pages 219-231
    3. Angela M. Smith
      Pages 233-246
    4. Stefaan E. Cuypers
      Pages 259-270
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 271-277

About this book


Ton van den Beld This book is one of the results of the international conference on Moral Responsibility and Ontology, which was held at Utrecht University in 1 June 1998. It contains a selection of the revised versions of the papers discussed at the conference. The theme is in need of some clarification. In the first place, 'responsi­ bility' is an ambiguous term. Although addition of the adjective 'moral' reduces the variety of its meanings (for example, moral responsibility cannot be confused with causal responsibility), different interpretations are still possible. Thus, the care of dependent children is a parental moral responsibility. That is, parents have the moral obligation to care for their children. It is their moral task, or role, to do so. If they fail to fulfil this obligation, they might be morally responsible for the result of this failure. Here, another meaning of 'moral responsibility' is involved: the children's misery might be imputed to their parents. They may be liable to blame. Moral responsibility in this sense is what the conference was and this book is about. It is about the conditions which must be met for a person to be justly held responsible for his or her moral faults and failures.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ton van den Beld
    • 1
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5435-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2361-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6678
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