August Gorman

I’m August Gorman, a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California working primarily in agency & responsibility, ethics, and moral psychology.



I argue for a new view of the conditions of moral responsibility.  For an agent to be responsible, (at least in the attributability sense, which I take to be the central sense of responsibility) she must be such that the chain of mental states that leads to her action guarantees that she would minimally approve of acting on the motivation that she does.  Minimally approving just means wanting to act on her motivation to some degree for some further aim than merely getting rid of it.  I argue that my view solves several of the major problems Deep Self views face while retaining the aspects that make them appealing.  My approach is greatly informed by consideration of various kinds of mental disability.