Vol. 37 No. 2 (2017): Ethics, Law and Cognitive Science

What Neuroscience Will Tell Us About Moral Responsibility

Daniel C. Dennett
Tufts University

Published 2017-12-21


  • determinism,
  • neuroscience,
  • legal responsibility,
  • moral responsibility,

How to Cite

Dennett, D. C. (2017). What Neuroscience Will Tell Us About Moral Responsibility. Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 37(2), 21–24. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v37i2.14


The essay is a reflection on determinism, moral and legal responsibility and punishment from the perspective of neuroscience. The author argues that compatibilist free will gives us everything we need to be morally responsible and allows us to maintain a moderately retributivist line of thinking.