Why no one truly deserves to suffer

dc.contributor.advisorStrawson, Galen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMontague, Michelle
dc.creatorAndrew, James Preston
dc.creator.orcid0000-0001-8910-3601
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-21T17:21:47Z
dc.date.available2016-10-21T17:21:47Z
dc.date.issued2016-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2016
dc.date.updated2016-10-21T17:21:48Z
dc.description.abstractSuffering, as I understand it, is an intrinsically awful state in which to be. Yet, it is widely thought that suffering can be intrinsically good when experienced by someone who is guilty because the guilty deserve to suffer. In these pages, I attempt to show that commonsense morality misleads us insofar as it inclines us to think that suffering can ever be deserved independently of consequentialist considerations. I argue that the kind of responsibility required to ground one's deserving to suffer is "ultimate moral responsibility". Ultimate moral responsibility, I contend, should be understood as responsibility of such a kind that if one bears it for one's actions, then one is the ultimate cause of the way that one is mentally, at least in certain respects. Employing Galen Strawson's Basic Argument for the impossibility of ultimate moral responsibility, I defend the claim that no possible being could truly deserve to suffer. I close by defending the Basic Argument against what I take to be three of the stronger objections that have been raised against it.
dc.description.departmentPhilosophy
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2N58CN4Q
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/41776
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectSuffering
dc.subjectMoral responsibility
dc.titleWhy no one truly deserves to suffer
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentPhilosophy
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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