By N. Athanassoulis

This ebook considers assorted ways to ethical luck--the Aristotelian vulnerability to components outdoors the agent's keep an eye on and the Kantian ambition to make morality proof against luck--and concludes that either techniques have extra in universal than formerly concept. even as, it additionally considers fresh advancements within the box of advantage ethics and neo-kantianism.

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The word ‘character’ derives from the Ancient Greek for carving, also meaning a stamp or mark (as well as an image or representation). This gives us a good indication of what ‘character’ is intended to mean. A carving in stone is a very permanent and indestructible way of preserving what one wants to write, and similarly one’s character is the set of well-established and persistent characteristics. The particulars of one’s 28 Morality, Moral Luck and Responsibility character are well established as they tend to persist over time and manifest themselves in different circumstances, including cases where there is a great degree of temptation to act contrary to one’s character or a great degree of difficulty in acting in accordance with one’s character.

G. g. Chamberlain). Our conception and understanding of the power of reason to guide deliberation is crucial in explaining these examples. In many ways, as we shall see in the contrast between the Aristotelian and the Kantian use of reason, how we conceive of the power of reason brings about a crucial difference in the understanding and importance of moral luck. These examples of moral luck have proven to be so controversial because there are a number of different ideas that are raised by the concept and a cluster of different cases that all lay claim to this term.

At least, what Billy does naturally happens to coincide with what we would want him to do morally. However, attributing praise to Billy for doing what comes naturally is as problematic as attributing blame to Claggart. That one naturally does what is good and the other what is evil is not of primary importance when it comes to responsibility, given that we want to hold people responsible only for what is under their control. If such acts proceed from a naturally virtuous and irresistible nature, then this virtuous agent is not truly deserving of praise in the same way that Claggart is not truly deserving of blame.

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