Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture
Imagine two negligent drivers, each fiddling with their radio controls while driving. By pure chance, one of them kills a pedestrian, while the other doesn’t. We tend the blame the killer much more; but has this driver really acted any more wrongly than the non-killer? And if so, what does this tell us about ethics, and should we try to change our attitudes? These are the problems of moral luck I will discuss in my talk, and I will argue that our sentiments have their source in ancient views of pollution we might now want to reject in favour of a morality based solely on what we will.
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