<philosophical terminology> accountability for the actions one performs and the consequences they bring about, for which a moral agent could be justly punished or rewarded. Moral responsibility is commonly held to require the agent's freedom to have done otherwise. Recommended Reading: John Martin Fischer and Mark Ravizza, Responsibility and Control: A Theory of Moral Responsibility (Cambridge, 2000); Peter A. French, Responsibility Matters (Kentucky, 1994); Marion Smiley, Moral Responsibility and the Boundaries of Community: Power and Accountability from a Pragmatic Point of View (Chicago, 1992); and Hans Jonas, The Imperative of Responsibility (Chicago, 1985).
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