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Chapter 5 - Moral Responsibility

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 July 2023

Lloyd P. Gerson
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University of Toronto
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Plato consistently holds that “no one does wrong willingly.” If this is the case, how is it possible for someone to be held morally responsible for his actions? Plato does seem not only to countenance the idea of moral responsibility but to make it a central notion in his political and eschatological writings (Section 5.1). The connection between personhood and embodiment is explored and the relevance of embodiment to moral responsibility is considered in Republic and Timaeus. The possibility of incontinence or akrasia reveals the divided selfhood in the emboodied person. The concept of culpable ignorance is introduced in order to account for moral responsibility. Culpable ignorance depends on the self-relexivity of rationality (Section 5.2).

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Plato's Moral Realism , pp. 147 - 170
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Moral Responsibility
  • Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto
  • Book: Plato's Moral Realism
  • Online publication: 28 July 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009329934.005
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  • Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto
  • Book: Plato's Moral Realism
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  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009329934.005
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  • Moral Responsibility
  • Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto
  • Book: Plato's Moral Realism
  • Online publication: 28 July 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009329934.005
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