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05 December 2012

Moral Luck: Dissertation Preview: Philosophy in Action Podcast

By Diana Hsieh

I've not been blogging much lately because I'm super-busy preparing my dissertation for publication. If you'd like to know what that's all about, I talked about it on Sunday's episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.

In the 2 December 2012 episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I discussed moral luck, and I thought it might be of interest. The question was:

Is 'moral luck' a self-contradictory term? What does it mean? Does it exist?
My Answer, In Brief: Moral luck is a philosophical puzzle about the extent of a person’s responsibility for his actions, their outcomes, and his character—given the pervasive influence of luck. It’s a puzzle that can be solved—as I did in my soon-to-be-published dissertation—with an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility.

Download or Listen to My Full Answer:

Tags: Ethics, Justice, Luck, Moral Luck, Philosophy Relevant Links:To comment on this question or my answer, visit its comment thread. A podcast of the full episode – where I answered questions on moral luck, parental support of adult children, guaranteed pensions for government employees, right to die, and more – is available as a podcast here: Episode of 2 December 2012. Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. For information on upcoming shows and more, visit the Episodes on Tap.

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