Luck permeates our lives, and this raises a number of pressing questions: What is luck? When we attribute luck to people, circumstances, or events, what are we attributing? Do we have any obligations to mitigate the harms done to people who are less fortunate? And to what extent is deserving praise or blame affected by good or bad luck? Although acquiring a true belief by an uneducated guess involves a kind of luck that precludes knowledge, does all luck undermine knowledge? The academic literature has seen growing, interdisciplinary interest in luck, and this volume brings together and explains the most important areas of this research. It consists of 39 newly commissioned chapters, written by an internationally acclaimed team of philosophers and psychologists, for a readership of students and researchers. Its coverage is divided into six sections:

I: The History of Luck

II: The Nature of Luck

III: Moral Luck

IV: Epistemic Luck

V: The Psychology of Luck

VI: Future Research.

The chapters cover a wide range of topics, from the problem of moral luck, to anti-luck epistemology, to the relationship between luck attributions and cognitive biases, to meta-questions regarding the nature of luck itself, to a range of other theoretical and empirical questions. By bringing this research together, the Handbook serves as both a touchstone for understanding the relevant issues and a first port of call for future research on luck.

chapter |10 pages


An Introduction

part I|102 pages

The History of Luck

part II|80 pages

The Nature of Luck

chapter 10|10 pages

Modal Accounts of Luck

chapter 11|11 pages

The Lack of Control Account of Luck

chapter 12|12 pages

The Probability Account of Luck

chapter 13|12 pages

The Mixed Account of Luck

chapter 14|11 pages

Luck and Significance

chapter 15|12 pages

Luck As Risk

chapter 16|9 pages

Luck and Norms

part III|66 pages

Moral Luck

chapter 18|10 pages

Kinds of Moral Luck

chapter 19|11 pages

Denying Moral Luck

chapter 20|12 pages

Accepting Moral Luck 1

chapter 21|9 pages

Luck and Libertarianism

chapter 22|11 pages

Luck and Compatibilism

part IV|72 pages

Epistemic Luck

chapter 23|12 pages

The Gettier Problem

chapter 24|11 pages

The Problem of Environmental Luck

chapter 25|11 pages

Anti-Luck Epistemology

chapter 27|13 pages

Luck and Skepticism

part V|58 pages

The Psychology of Luck

part VI|75 pages

Future Research

chapter 34|10 pages

Luck In Science 1

chapter 36|12 pages

Legal Luck

chapter 38|15 pages

The New Problem Of Religious Luck

chapter 39|13 pages

Theology And Luck