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Ishtiyaque Haji


Annual Fellow 2015-16; 2005-06


Ish Haji is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Moral Appraisability (1998), Deontic Morality and Control (2002), Moral Responsibility, Authenticity, and Education (with Stefaan Cuypers, 2008), Freedom and Value (2009), Incompatibilism’s Allure (2009), and Reason’s Debt to Freedom (2012).

Research Activities: 

Luck’s Influence on Obligation and Responsibility (2015-16 project)

Something is a matter of luck if it is beyond our control. My fundamental objective is to develop the view that luck significantly affects the breadth both of what is morally obligatory for us and conduct for which we are morally responsible. I first show that owing to luck, we frequently lack alternatives – we can do no other than what we in fact do. Since alternatives are required for obligation, luck undermines or restricts obligation, to derive the further skeptical conclusion that the range of what we are morally responsible for is curtailed.

Freedom's Fragile Steps: Authenticity, Education and Responsibility (2005-06 project)

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