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Relative Justice: Cultural Diversity, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility

Tamler Sommers


When can we be morally responsible for our behavior? Is it fair to blame people for actions that are determined by heredity and environment? Can we be responsible for the actions of relatives or members of our community? This book concludes that there are no objectively correct answers to these questions. Drawing on research in anthropology, psychology, and a host of other disciplines, the book argues that cross-cultural variation raises serious problems for theories that propose universally applicable conditions for moral responsibility. It then develops a new way of thinking about responsibi ... More

Keywords: behavior, moral responsibility, cultural diversity, free will, individual autonomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691139937
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691139937.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tamler Sommers, author
University of Houston