A Defence of the Control Principle

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

5 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

The nexus of the moral luck debate is the control principle, which says that people are responsible only for things within their control. In this paper, I will first argue that the control principle should be restrained to blameworthiness, because responsibility is too wide a concept to square with control. Many deniers of moral luck appeal to the intuitiveness of the control principle. Defenders of moral luck do not share this intuition and demand a stronger defence of the control principle. I will establish a defence of the control principle based on the value of simplicity for selecting a theory of blameworthiness. A simpler theory of blameworthiness is more likely to be true, and not being falsely judged blameworthy is desirable. I will conclude that simplicity advices the acceptance of the control principle over other theories of blameworthiness that embrace factors beyond control.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophia: philosophical quarterly of Israel
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Blame
  • Blameworthiness
  • Control principle
  • Moral luck
  • Simplicity

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A Defence of the Control Principle'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this