from Moral and Social Philosophy
Good news! Routledge has just published a volume, edited by Rik Peels, on a neglected topic in analytic philosophy: ignorance.
The book focuses on the moral and social dimensions of ignorance. Contributors address such issues as the relation between ignorance and deception, ignorance as a moral excuse, ignorance as a legal excuse, and the relation between ignorance and risk. In the moral realm, ignorance is sometimes considered as an excuse; responsibility seems to imply certain kinds of ignorance and exclude certain other kinds of ignorance; and one might wonder what one should do if one is ignorant which sources of normativity apply to one’s situation. Ignorance has certain social dimensions as well: it seems plausible that risk is partly to be explained in terms of ignorance; one might think that we bear collective responsibility to become ignorant of certain technological possibilities; and it is widely thought to constitute a legal excuse in certain circumstances. Together, these contributions provide a sustained inquiry into the nature of ignorance and the pivotal role it plays in the moral and social domains.
- Introduction by Rik Peels
- Ignorance, Alternative Possibilities, and the Epistemic Conditions for Responsibility by Carolina Sartorio
- Moral Incapacity and Moral Ignorance by Elinor Mason
- Justification, Excuse, and the Exculpatory Power of Ignorance by Marcia Baron
- Ignorance as a Moral Excuse by Michael Zimmerman
- Tracing Cases of Culpable Ignorance by Holly M. Smith
- Is Making People Ignorant as Bad as Deceiving Them? by Don Fallis
- Radical evaluative ignorance by Martin Peterson
- Living with Ignorance in a World of Experts by Alexander Guerrero
- Risk – Knowledge, Ignorance, and Values Combined by Sven Ove Hansson
- Ignorance as a Legal Excuse by Larry Alexander
- Ignorance, Technology and Collective Responsibility by Seumas Miller
The book is available via the Amazon shop.