Hospers-neurotic and responsibility

Hospers-neurotic and responsibility - early age due to...

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Khwaja S. Rahman (JOY) Hospers in his paper argues that a person cannot be held responsible for neurotic actions because it is that person’s neurosis that obligated her to act in that specific way. To understand this argument better, we first need to know what neurosis is. Neurosis refers to any mental imbalance that causes tension or suffering, but it does not affect a person’s rational thought. Therefore a neurotic action refers to action that is done under these stressful conditions. According to Hospers, although neurosis is the cause that makes a person behave in a particular way, but that person is not responsible for the neurosis. A neurosis is usually caused at a very
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Unformatted text preview: early age due to problems which lead to distress. Hence, according to Hospers, a person is not responsible for the neurosis and hence cannot be help responsible for any neurotic action. On the other hand, he also thinks that whether a person has the ability to overcome neurotic action or not depends on their luck. He says that if a neurotic has the ability to get cured then he is just lucky. Therefore according to Hospers, it is just luck which determines whether a person is neurotic or not and hence a person also cannot be held responsible for a non-neurotic action....
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