Room 10.27 RRST
Room 10.27, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU


Sep 17 2018


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy



Shawn Wang
University of California, San Diego

Why reactive attitudes aren’t enough:
A puzzle for response-dependence in moral responsibility



According to the response-dependence theory of moral responsibility, facts about whether it is appropriate to hold a certain reactive attitude (e.g., resentment) toward a person are metaphysically more basic than facts about the person’s being morally responsible. I raise a puzzle for the response-dependence approach based on an asymmetry between the granularity of reactive attitudes and responsibility facts. Facts about being responsible are fairly fine-grained, but reactive attitudes as well as their propriety conditions are fairly coarse-grained. In particular, the magnitude of reactive attitudes isn’t sufficiently exact to ground judgments about degrees of moral responsibility. After responding to some objections, I sketch two possible strategies to solve the puzzle, both of which require a more modest take on the role of reactive attitudes than the standard response-dependence views.

For inquiries: Jennifer Nado (nado@hku.hk)

Monday, 17 September
4:00 – 5:30 pm Room 10.27 Run Run Shaw Tower
Centennial Campus
University of Hong Kong