Imagine discovering that your grandfather was a serial killer. Would you feel guilty about it? Would you be at all tempted to contact the families of his victims? Philosophers have long thought that we can only be responsible for what is under our voluntary control, but sometimes we feel guilty about events we didn’t bring about, simply because we are connected in some way to those who did. Many Germans, for instance, feel guilty about their ancestors' participation in the Nazi regime. Can we really be responsible for things outside of our control? Or are these feelings just vestiges of a more primitive moral outlook? John and Ken play innocent with Larry May from Vanderbilt University, author of Sharing Responsibility. Philosophy Talk with John Perry and Ken Taylor ~ Join the live discussion this Sunday, 7/20 at 10 am by calling 1-800-525-9917.
Philosophy Talk asks: How should we pay for the sins of our fathers?
By Devon Strolovitch • Jul 17, 2014