Moral Sequencing and Intervening to Prevent Harm

Research output: Contribution to conference (unpublished)Posterpeer-review


This poster presents a novel system of 'moral sequencing' that
can be employed in moral situations to: decide if/when you
(Deliberator) should intervene to prevent someone (Initiator)
from harming another person (Victim); and ascertain the extent
to which Initiator is morally responsible for their actions.
I argue for a probability-driven formal decision-making process
linked, first and foremost, to how the sequence of events
unfolds and, if available, an assessment of Deliberator's prior
knowledge of the beliefs, dispositions, past actions, etc. of
Initiator. Interestingly, moral sequencing accounts for cases of
personality change (evidenced in various clinical populations)
and can help explain: why Deliberator might be justified in
intervening earlier in situations where Initiator undergoes a
personality change during a moral sequence; and why this
Initiator might be attributed less moral responsibility for their
actions (thereby vindicating their claim that early-sequence
Initiator and late-sequence Initiator are "not the same people").
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2019
EventResearch Poster Conference 2019 - University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Jun 2019 → …


ConferenceResearch Poster Conference 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period19/06/19 → …
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