The Epistemic Condition for Moral Responsibility

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[Revised entry by Fernando Rudy-Hiller on October 4, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
Philosophers usually acknowledge two individually necessary and jointly sufficient conditions for a person to be morally responsible for an action, i.e., susceptible to be praised or blamed for it: a control condition (also called freedom condition) and an epistemic condition (also called knowledge, cognitive, or mental condition). The first condition has to do with whether the agent possessed an adequate degree of control or freedom in performing the action, whereas the second condition is concerned with whether the agent’s epistemic…

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