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Title: Common Sense about refraining : locating moral responsibility when nothing happens
Authors: Lin, Xin Er
Keywords: Humanities::Philosophy
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Lin, X. E. (2022). Common Sense about refraining : locating moral responsibility when nothing happens. Final Year Project (FYP), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Abstract: It appears common sense that acts of refraining, or absence-events, are morally assessed in part by what they cause. This paper focuses on determining which agential absence-events are put up for deontic assessments. Proposals are introduced to align with the common-sense thought in order to determine what kinds of absence-events are put up for assessment. Ultimately, we need to accept an All Things Considered proposal of what is morally significant in absence-events. However, the normative implications of accepting this proposal shows what is being located: moral responsibility is more significant to our thought than causal responsibility. There are two further implications if we accept the thought: one, that Deontologists have to carve out a clearer picture of what goes on behind moral responsibility and two, that the Consequentialist view may have to be rejected in cases of refraining to accommodate the thought.
Schools: School of Humanities 
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:SoH Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)

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