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Does Moral Ignorance Exculpate?

Author(s): Harman, Elizabeth

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dc.identifier.citationHarman, Elizabeth. "Does moral ignorance exculpate?." Ratio 24, no. 4 (2011): 443-468.en_US
dc.description.abstractNon‐moral ignorance can exculpate: if Anne spoons cyanide into Bill's coffee, but thinks she is spooning sugar, then Anne may be blameless for poisoning Bill. Gideon Rosen argues that moral ignorance can also exculpate: if one does not believe that one's action is wrong, and one has not mismanaged one's beliefs, then one is blameless for acting wrongly. On his view, many apparently blameworthy actions are blameless. I discuss several objections to Rosen. I then propose an alternative view on which many agents who act wrongly are blameworthy despite believing they are acting morally permissibly, and despite not having mismanaged their moral beliefs.en_US
dc.format.extent443 - 468en_US
dc.rightsFinal published version. This is an open access article.en_US
dc.titleDoes Moral Ignorance Exculpate?en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US

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