Inabilities, excuses and exemptions

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In this paper I will argue, following Moody-Adams’s (1994) paper “Culture, responsibility and affected ignorance,” that inability does not excuse in general, but against Moody-Adams I will argue that this is not because of “affected ignorance” but simply because of responsibilities individual agents have by virtue of belonging to and participating in the collective actions of a certain kind of collective. Excusability has been misdiagnosed as depending on whether the ignorance of wrongdoing involved is culpable or non-culpable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-127
Number of pages24
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • The inability thesis, reactive attitudes, collective responsibility, collective intentionality


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