Towards Formal Definitions of Blameworthiness, Intention, and Moral Responsibility

Authors

  • Joseph Halpern Cornell University
  • Max Kleiman-Weiner MIT

Keywords:

causality, (moral) responsibility, intention, blameworthiness

Abstract

We provide formal definitions of degree of blameworthiness and intention relative to an epistemic state (a probability over causal models and a utility function on outcomes). These, together with a definition of actual causality, provide the key ingredients for moral responsibility judgments. We show that these definitions give insight into commonsense intuitions in a variety of puzzling cases from the literature.

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Published

2018-04-25

How to Cite

Halpern, J., & Kleiman-Weiner, M. (2018). Towards Formal Definitions of Blameworthiness, Intention, and Moral Responsibility. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 32(1). Retrieved from https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/AAAI/article/view/11557

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Section

AAAI Technical Track: Knowledge Representation and Reasoning