My time as Featured Author has come to end. I would like to thank Thomas once again for being such a gracious host and for making Flickers one of the premier blogs on the web! I would also like to thank all those who took the time to participate this month—the number of comments (and the quality of those comments) was impressive and I am leaving with great feedback, plenty to think about, and perhaps even some new research projects!
I am ending a few days early so others can post announcements, etc. before Susan Dwyer takes over next month. I am also leaving in two days for Aberdeen, Scotland for the Justice Without Retribution Conference and need a day to get ready. I’m looking forward to continuing this conversation with Derk Pereboom, Bruce Waller, Saul Smilansky, Ben Vilhauer, Michael Corrado, Elizabeth Saw, Farah Focquaert and other skeptic-friendly philosophers in Aberdeen. After a month of being beaten up by defenders of basic desert, it will be nice to be on friendly territory...It’s just too bad Thomas and Neil won’t be there!
I sign off with a homage to Leonard Nimoy (LLAP) and a final question: How would Spock have viewed the reactive attitudes? What would he think of resentment and indignation, blame and shame? Since he himself would not have experienced the reactive attitudes or shared the retributive impulse, would he have accepted or rejected basic desert moral responsibility? Would the rational-old Spock have thought basic desert MR is *justified* if he didn't experience the reactive attitudes and emotions?