Essay on Moral Luck : A Moral Difference

1335 Words Apr 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Moral luck occurs whenever luck makes a moral difference in two or more cases. The problem of moral luck arises from a conflict between the widely held intuition that moral luck should not occur in moral judgment with the fact that it is arguably impossible to prevent it from happening.
Before getting into the problem which luck occurs and makes a moral difference, let’s look at a case to test an intuition. Suppose, there is a person A behind me who is tripped by the uneven floor, and the person pushed me without any harmful intention. I failed onto the ground and accidentally triggered the switch of the sluice to let all the water to flood down, causing death of some people and millions of government fund. Will I be held morally responsible? Most people intuitively will say that this person should not be held morally responsible for what happened to the people down the river and the government fund. And the reason is that what has happened is completely out of my control. I did not intentionally flipped the switch to kill those people. So it seems that our intuition tells us that people are morally assessable only if what happened is under their control. Putting this much formally: Control Principle - We are morally assessable to the extend that what we are assessed for is under our control. C1: 2 people ought not to be assessed differently if the only difference between them are due to the factors beyond their control. C2: We correctly morally assess someone only…

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