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Agency, Negligence and Responsibility

Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, George Pavlakos, Gideon Rosen, Erasmus Mayr, Gideon Yaffe, William FitzPatrick, Gary Watson, Matt King, Emmanuel Voyiakis, Constantine Sandis, Elinor Mason, Benjamin C. Zipursky
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  • Date Published: October 2023
  • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2024
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108702904


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  • This collection of essays represents a ground-breaking collaboration between moral philosophers, action theorists, lawyers and legal theorists to set a fresh research agenda on agency and responsibility in negligence. The complex phenomenon of responsibility in negligence is analysed from multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives, shedding light on key ethical and legal issues related to agency and negligence to impact substantive law and policy-making in different jurisdictions. The volume introduces new debates and questions old assumptions, inviting the reader to rethink substantive law and practical ethical reflection.

    • Presents original perspectives on the complex phenomenon of negligence
    • Sheds new light on responsibility for negligence which will impact substantive law
    • Includes contributions from scholars in action theory and moral philosophy as well as lawyers and legal philosophers
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    • Date Published: October 2023
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108702904
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.401kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2024
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco and George Pavlakos
    Part I. Will and Blameworthiness:
    1. The Problem of Pure Negligence Gideon Rosen
    2. Unwitting Omissions, Mistakes, and Responsibility Erasmus Mayr
    3. 'How Could You?': The Moral Import of Obliviousness Gideon Yaffe
    4. Varieties of Negligence and Complications for Moral Blameworthiness William FitzPatrick
    Part II. Agency, Reasons and Inadvertence:
    5. The Possibility of Pure Negligence Gary Watson
    6. Agent-Relativity without Control: Grounding Negligence on Normative Relations George Pavlakos
    7. The Boundaries of Negligence Matt King
    8. The Backward-Looking Puzzle of Responsibility in Negligence: Some Preliminary Thoughts for Understanding Inadvertent Actions Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco
    9. Responsibility and Agency Emmanuel Voyiakis
    Part III. The Significance of Action in Negligence:
    10. What is It to Do Nothing? Constantine Sandis
    11. Rape, Recklessness, and Sexist Ideology Elinor Mason
    12. From Law to Moral Philosophy in Theorizing About Negligence Benjamin C. Zipursky.

  • Editors

    Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, University of Surrey
    Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco is Professor in Moral and Political Philosophy (Jurisprudence) at the University of Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy. Her publications include Law and Authority Under the Guise of the Good (2014), and Reasons and Intentions in Law and Practical Agency (co-edited with George Pavlakos, Cambridge, 2015).

    George Pavlakos, University of Glasgow
    George Pavlakos is Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. As well as co-editor of Reasons and Intentions in Law and Practical Agency, he is an editor of Cambridge Elements in the Philosophy of Law, author of Our Knowledge of the Law (2007) and general editor of the book series Law and Practical Reason.


    Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, George Pavlakos, Gideon Rosen, Erasmus Mayr, Gideon Yaffe, William FitzPatrick, Gary Watson, Matt King, Emmanuel Voyiakis, Constantine Sandis, Elinor Mason, Benjamin C. Zipursky

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