How to Understand Moral Responsibility?
University of Tartu
Abstract. More often than
not, discussions of moral responsibility centre on questions of determinism and
free will. This makes sense, since the latter are logically related to responsibility.
On the other hand, though, it certainly makes it more difficult to understand
moral responsibility. Moral responsibility is a social phenomenon that occurs
in social relations, i.e. in relations that make it possible for the society to
function. In my philosophical approach to the concept of moral responsibility I
stress its social nature. This is important to avoid interpreting
responsibility in ways that differ significantly from what we are used to in
our daily life.