The issue isn't whether luck plays any role in moral assessments (it does), it's whether people can be morally judged when luck is the determining (or major) factor i think the comments so far belie the deep debate and important considerations of moral luck. A case of moral luck occurs whenever luck makes a moral difference the literature on moral luck began in earnest in the wake of papers by thomas nagel and bernard williams. Which the moral status of the agent is affected by the intervention of luck1 if luck affects the moral status of her actions, intentions, or character traits, and thereby the praise or blame that can be correctly attributed to her, then she is subject to moral luck. Moral luck is the idea that whether a person (agent) is morally good or morally bad can be influenced by factors outside of his or her control for example, say that i am hanging out on top of the empire state building with my friend. Moral luck is the term for an action or event which is governed partly by chance but is legitimately subject to a moral judgment.
Moral luck no posts. Moral luck quite the same wikipedia just better moral luck describes circumstances whereby a moral agent is assigned moral blame or praise for an action or its consequences even if it is clear. Moral luck contains a number of essays that have contributed influentially to this development among the recurring themes are the moral and philosophical limitations of utilitarianism, the notion of integrity.
) kantianism: nagel, moral luck moral luck is a term used by nagel to describe the external factors beyond our control, which act upon moral decisions we make nagel's opinion is that people make. Moral luck is when the morality of your actions is determined by chance factors outside your control rather moral luck cases suggest that our moral compass is really more attuned to norm violations. Moral bad luck, or generally moral luck, is an important though not much discussed problem in philosophy the term has been introduced by bernard williams, and the idea has been further developed by authors like thomas nagel and alfred r mele. The control theory of luck may work for moral luck, but moral luck is a kind of luck if the control theory has big holes in it, we shouldn't say oh well, the control theory works for moral luck, so that's good enough. Luck plays a part in determining our judgments and in causing us to question our notions of morality should a successful murderer be punished more severely than an unsuccessful one should a person be praised for his fine moral character which was a consequence of his good luck in being born into a certain kind of family, in particular.
Victor kumar (michigan) introduces the problem of moral luck and surveys potential solutions we see how the problem arises out of a clash between intuitive reactions to cases and an abstract. Nussbaum's problematic of moral luck is quite intriguing: a good man is like a tree, she says at the beginning, quoting pindar but that means that the good man is dependent for his flourishing on all. Exploring this question, philosophers have written about a concept called moral luck philosopher peter levine explains moral luck in this way: it [is] very unlikely that i would become a nazi, since i was born to a jewish father in the united states decades after world war ii.
1 overview the problem of moral luck is best understood as a clash of common beliefs about moral responsibility and moral judgment on one hand, people commonly think that a person cannot. Could luck ever make a difference when it comes to morality. Bernard williams (1929-2003) was a leading influence in philosophical ethics in the latter half of the twentieth century he rejected the codification of ethics into moral theories that views such as kantianism and (above all) utilitarianism see as essential to philosophical thinking about ethics, arguing that our ethical life is too untidy to be captured by any systematic moral theory. Moral luck makes several challenging suggestions about the inescapability of the role of good luck in justifying some of our decisions i am tempted to paraphrase one point williams makes by saying, the only difference between the genius and the fanatic is that the genius turned out to be right.
Moral luck on wn network delivers the latest videos and editable pages for news & events, including entertainment, music, sports, science and more, sign up and share your playlists. Circumstantial moral luck concerns the surroundings of the moral agent the best-known example is provided in nagel's essay consider nazi followers and supporters in hitler's germany. moral luck analysis by emmanuel nwodo moral luck can be defined as a situation where a moral agent is either morally reprehensible or praised for an action, even though it is obvious that they did not have complete autonomous control over their actions or the consequences that came afterwards.