David Danks

CMU, Philosophy & Psychology

Control, reliability, and morality

Moral responsibility presumably depends on a certain type of self-(causal) control. In this talk, I will provide experimental evidence that judgments of causal control depend on reliability, and so moral responsibility (or at least, our judgments of it) will depend on the extent to which people can reliably self-control. I will then examine how this reframing in terms of reliability, rather than notions such as "could have done otherwise," leads to a different picture of moral responsibility—one that explains how we can reliably self-control in the way necessary for moral responsibility.