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- DescriptionWhen can we be morally responsible for our behavior? Is it fair to blame people for actions that are determined by heredity and environment? Can we be responsible for the actions of relatives or members of our community? In this provocative book, Tamler Sommers concludes that there are objectively correct answers to these questions. Drawing on research in anthropology, psychology, and a host of other disciplines, Sommers argues that cross-cultural variation raises serious problems for theories that propose universally applicable conditions for moral responsibility. He then develops a new way of thinking about responsibility that takes cultural diversity into account. Relative Justice is a vel and accessible contribution to the ancient debate over free will and moral responsibility. Sommers provides a thorough examination of the methodology employed by contemporary philosophers in the debate and a challenge to Western assumptions about individual automy and its connection to moral desert.
- Author BiographyTamler Sommers is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Houston. He is the author of A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain , a collection of interviews with philosophers and scientists. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and is a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and the Believer .
- Author(s)Tamler Sommers
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication19/12/2011
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Weight428 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine28 mm
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