One reason determining culpability is difficult is that a person may have a basic understanding that an action is wrong yet this understanding may be so overlaid with self-deception and rationalization —“I had no alternative . . . honor demanded it . . . he deserved it . . . no one was really hurt by what I did”— that the person’s understanding becomes inoperative. Moreover, the process of self-deception and rationalization may be so habitual that the person performs it mindlessly, without giving thought to what he or she is doing. Is it reasonable to regard self-deception, rationalization, and the habit of mindless behavior as moral failings ? Why or why not?
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Science, incidentally, not only ignores the question of indwelling “essences” by looking instead at measurable... View the full answer