Making Ethics

Dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2021)
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Abstract

A window broke and Annie was involved. What’s of moral importance in a situation like this? Not whether Annie caused the window to break and not whether the window wouldn’t have broken if it weren’t for Annie. What’s morally important is whether Annie broke the window. In this thesis, I first generalise and argue for that claim; afterwards, I put it to work in ethics, applied ethics, and legal theory.

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Thomas Byrne
University of California, Los Angeles

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