This book casts new light on the traditional disagreement between those who hold that we cannot be morally responsible for our actions if they are causally determined, and those who deny this. Klein suggests that reflection on the relation between justice and deprivation offers a way out of this perplexity.
`excellent book ... a significant contribution to age-old discussions of freedom, responsibility and determinism'
Times Literary Supplement
'I found this a most enjoyable, and largely convincing book. Her discussion of the views of other writers is clear and helpful. I would strongly recommend the book to readers interested in its topics.'
Harold W. Noonan, University of Birmingham, Mind, Vol. 101, No. 401, Jan. 1992
'this stimulating and significant study ... The book is intricate, yet perspicuous, and contains numerous discussions of contemporary positions. This argument is radical and original. The best we can hope for is fresh insight into central issues. This book amply fulfils that hope.'
Roger Crisp, University College, Oxford, Philosophical Books, July 1991
`This book is chock full of ideas and arguments. There is a little something here for anyone interested in action, free action, responsibility, decision makin, and the practice of blaming ... Not only is the book wide-ranging, it is refreshingly open-minded about issues that tend to inspire rather dogmatic partisanship ... it stimulated me to reconsider my own views on many of the issues it discusses ... I believe Klein's proposal reflects an insight well
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