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20. Action / D. Explaining an Action / 5. Responsibility for Actions

[treating an agent as the prime source of action]

9 ideas
Our own choices are autonomous, and the basis for praise and blame [Epicurus]
The greatest perfection of man is to act by free will, and thus merit praise or blame [Descartes]
We do not praise the acts of an efficient automaton, as their acts are necessary [Descartes]
We are the source of an action if only our nature can explain the action [Spinoza]
Praise and blame can only be given if an action proceeds from a person's character and disposition [Hume]
Responsibility seems to conflict with events being either caused or not caused [Chisholm]
Desires may rule us, but are we responsible for our desires? [Chisholm]
We may still admire a person's character even if the traits are involuntary [Statman]
An action is only yours if you produce it, rather some state or event within you [Stout,R]