Doing without deliberation: Automatism, automaticity, and moral accountability

Neil Levy, Tim Bayne*

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Abstract

Actions performed in a state of automatism are not subject to moral evaluation, while automatic actions often are. Is the asymmetry between automatistic and automatic actions justified? In order to answer this question we need a model of moral accountability that does justice to our intuitions about a range of modes of agency, both pathological and non-pathological. Our aim in this paper is to lay the groundwork for the development of such a model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-215
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

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