December 2013 is almost gone… and with it, my special offer of a signed copy of my new book Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame for $25. I’ll probably offer this again in 2014, but not for a few months. So take advantage of it while you can! (Also, if you see me in person, such as at SnowCon 2014, I’m perfectly happy to sign your copy of the book — or sell and sign a copy for $20.)

Currently, Amazon sells the paperback of Responsibility & Luck for $17.52. Or you can always opt for the Kindle or Nook versions for $9.99. If you buy the paperback from Amazon, you can purchase the Kindle version from Amazon for just $1 more.

But… if you’d like something a bit more special than an ordinary paperback, I’ll send you a signed paperback of Responsibility & Luck, inscribed however you please, for just $25. With that, you’ll get access to the ebook versions for free. (That price of $25 only applies to shipping within the US. I’m willing and able to ship overseas, but I’ll have to charge more for the postage. Email me to determine that before you pay.)

You must order and pay by midnight on December 31st. To order, fill out the form below. Then, pay me $25 using one of the following methods: PayPal, Dwolla, Chase QuickPay, or US Mail (Diana Hsieh; P.O. Box 851; Sedalia, CO 80135). If you have any problems, questions, or special requests, please email me!

About Responsibility & Luck

Does the pervasive influence of luck in life mean that people cannot be held responsible for their choices? Do people lack the control required to justify moral praise and blame?

In his famous article “Moral Luck,” philosopher Thomas Nagel casts doubt on our ordinary moral judgments of persons. He claims that we intuitively accept that moral responsibility requires control, yet we praise and blame people for their actions, the outcomes of those actions, and their characters — even though shaped by forces beyond their control, i.e., by luck. This is the “problem of moral luck.”

Philosopher Diana Hsieh argues that this attack on moral judgment rests on a faulty view of control, as well as other errors. By developing Aristotle’s theory of moral responsibility, Hsieh explains the sources and limits of a person’s responsibility for what he does, what he produces, and who he is. Ultimately, she shows that moral judgments are not undermined by luck.

In addition, this book explores the nature of moral agency and free will, the purpose of moral judgment, causation in tort and criminal law, the process of character development, and more.

   
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