Critical Summary of Thomas Nagel’s “Moral Luck”


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Essay #: 068138
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Critical Summary of Thomas Nagel’s “Moral Luck”
The following paper is a brief 1200 word critical summary of Thomas Nagel’s essay, “Moral Luck,” as provided in our course reading materials. At one point, Nagel appears to harbour the idea that people can be judged morally, even for actions in which the outcome is influenced by things beyond their control, on the basis of the probabilities they should have foreseen when contemplating the consequences of a particular act; in other words, if you make a determination to do something and you have a good idea that it will end in failure (even though success will bring great rewards to all concerned) then your action is morally compromised and you will be held morally accountable for the unhappy...
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.....ntrol. I dislike this equivocal ending because I think that we can make the best decision possible in light of the choices given us and the information we have at our disposal – with the proviso that we can only do so much given the innate limits of our intelligence. In the end, the really “moral” thing to do is really something that maybe only the person doing the act can know.
To close, I find Nagel’s article to be engrossing but I think he is too equivocal at the end and I do not think that people are as shaped by externalities as he appears to believe.
Works Cited
Nagel, Thomas. “Moral Luck.” Reason and Responsibility: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy. Eds. Joel Feinberg and Russ Shafer-Landau. New York: Wadsworth. 465-473.