UBC Theses and Dissertations
Personhood and responsibility Topornycky, Joseph Stephen
Understanding human behavior as caused by some combination of genetics, environment, and upbringing is often taken to undermine the belief that human beings can be truly morally responsible. The root of this problem is in an apparent conﬂict between the casual thesis and the idea of human beings as persons that is premised in moral responsibility. I argue that this con- ﬂict is based on two related misunderstandings. Understood properly, moral responsibility is grounded in our aﬀective responses to others modiﬁed by a reﬂective understanding of those responses under the idea of self-government according to standards. It is through a commitment to those standards that we come to be persons, understood as a distinct moral category.
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