Reflections on Ethics and Responsibility Essays in Honor of Peter A.

The original essays in this book address the influential writings of Peter A. French on the nature of responsibility, ethics, and moral practices. French’s contributions to a wide spectrum of philosophical discussions have made him a dominant figure in th

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Reflections on Ethics and Responsibility Essays in Honor of Peter A. French

Reflections on Ethics and Responsibility

Zachary J. Goldberg Editor

Reflections on Ethics and Responsibility Essays in Honor of Peter A. French


Editor Zachary J. Goldberg Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich Munich, Germany

ISBN 978-3-319-50357-8 ISBN 978-3-319-50359-2 (eBook) DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-50359-2 Library of Congress Control Number: 2016963699 © Springer International Publishing AG 2017 This work is subject to copyright. All rights are reserved by the Publisher, whether the whole or part of the material is concerned, specifically the rights of translation, reprinting, reuse of illustrations, recitation, broadcasting, reproduction on microfilms or in any other physical way, and transmission or information storage and retrieval, electronic adaptation, computer software, or by similar or dissimilar methodology now known or hereafter developed. The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, service marks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use. The publisher, the authors and the editors are safe to assume that the advice and information in this book are believed to be true and accurate at the date of publication. Neither the publisher nor the authors or the editors give a warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein or for any errors or omissions that may have been made. The publisher remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations. Printed on acid-free paper This Springer imprint is published by Springer Nature The registered company is Springer International Publishing AG The registered company address is: Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland

To my parents, Harold and Nancy


Peter French was my senior colleague at the University of Minnesota, Morris, from 1974 through 1981. In December 1973, Peter was conducting interviews at an APA Eastern Division Meeting. It was my one and only interview; I was there to practice, to see if I could land an interview. I hoped to be finished with my Ph.D. in time for the following year’s convention. Peter and I hit it off. I don’t remember details, but I do remember thinking that he seemed genuinely interested. And then I got a call-back. Just a few months before, one of my CUNY Professors had commented to my wife at a department party that I would probably get a job at a small school in some no-place in the Midwest. Barbara laughed—repressing a shiver—and thought: I’m a New Yorker; no way we are going to no-place in the Midwest. The University of Minnesota, Morris was 3.5 h west/southwest of MinneapolisSt. Paul, 50 miles from the South Dakota border. The population was 3,500; 5,000 when school was in session. There were more people on our block in Manhattan. The largest structure on Main St. was a grain elevat

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