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Irrational Option Exclusion
Gothenburg Responsibility Project, Department of philosophy, linguistics and theory of science, University of Gothenburg/Göteborgs Universitet, 405 30 Göteborg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7425-3041
2018 (English)In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, ISSN 1386-2820, E-ISSN 1572-8447, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 537-551Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper, I describe a hitherto overlooked kind of practical irrationality, which I call irrational option exclusion. An agent who suffers from this problem does not merely fail to act on her best judgement – she fails to realize that the superior action is even an option for her. I furthermore argue that this kind of irrationality is serious enough to undermine moral responsibility. I show that an agent suffering from this problem has compromised reasons-responsiveness, does not really express her will through action, and has a hard time doing otherwise; thus, from the standpoint of several popular moral responsibility theories, we ought to conclude that her responsibility is at the very least diminished.

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Springer, 2018. Vol. 21, no 3, p. 537-551
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-167757DOI: 10.1007/s10677-018-9897-3ISI: 000449326400008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048041648OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-167757DiVA, id: diva2:1390780
Available from: 2020-02-03 Created: 2020-02-03 Last updated: 2020-02-18Bibliographically approved

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