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MA Thesis Defense: Jessica Manzo
June 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
‘Moral responsibility and degraded agency: a case study on addiction and psychopathy‘
Jessica Manzo (Cal State Long Beach)
14 June 2023 • 10:00am–12:00pm • online
Abstract: This thesis provides an analysis of the concepts of moral responsibility and degraded agency by investigating two seemingly distinct groups in our moral community: addicts and psychopaths. Both group members engage in various kinds of wrongdoing. Yet, we tend to excuse addicts but hold psychopaths morally responsible. I argue that, in order to capture the conditions of our blame ascriptions correctly, our current practices should be reversed. I further consider the circumstances in which members of these two groups should be held morally accountable for their wrongdoings.
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