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Scaffolding agency: A proleptic account of the reactive attitudes

McGeer, Victoria

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This paper examines the methodological claim made famous by P. F. Strawson: that we understand what features are required for responsible agency by exploring our attitudes and practices of holding responsible. What is the presumed metaphysical connection between holding responsible and being fit to be held responsible that makes this claim credible? I propose a non‐standard answer to this question, arguing for a view of responsible agency that is neither antirealist nor straightforwardly...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMcGeer, Victoria
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-20T01:29:34Z
dc.date.available2021-04-20T01:29:34Z
dc.identifier.citationMcGeer V. Scaffolding agency: A proleptic account of the reactive attitudes. Eur J Philos. 2019;27:301–323. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejop.12408
dc.identifier.issn0966-8373
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/230394
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the methodological claim made famous by P. F. Strawson: that we understand what features are required for responsible agency by exploring our attitudes and practices of holding responsible. What is the presumed metaphysical connection between holding responsible and being fit to be held responsible that makes this claim credible? I propose a non‐standard answer to this question, arguing for a view of responsible agency that is neither antirealist nor straightforwardly realist. It is instead “constructivist.” On the “Scaffolding View” I defend, reactive attitudes play an essential role in developing, supporting, and thereby maintaining the capacities that make for responsible agency. Although this view has relatively novel implications for a metaphysical understanding of capacities, its chief virtue, in contrast with more standard views, is in providing a plausible defense of why so‐called “responsible agents” genuinely deserve to be treated as such.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the Australian Research Council [grant number DP140102468] and generous ongoing support from the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.rights© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
dc.sourceEuropean Journal of Philosophy
dc.titleScaffolding agency: A proleptic account of the reactive attitudes
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume27
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-08-02
dc.date.issued2018-10-12
local.identifier.absfor220319 - Social Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu1007931xPUB120
local.publisher.urlhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationMcGeer, Victoria, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140102468
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage301
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage323
local.identifier.doi10.1111/ejop.12408
local.identifier.absseo970122 - Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T11:53:36Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85054583161
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