Chapter

Blame for Traits

George Sher

in In Praise of Blame

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195187427
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195187423.003.0004
 Blame for Traits

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The main thesis of this chapter is that agents can be blamed for their bad traits as well as for their bad acts. Because we often cannot help being the sorts of people we are, this thesis is inconsistent with the view that agents can only be blamed for what is (or once was) within their control. However, although that view is widely held, its grounding is not well understood. The chapter’s main argument is that no version of it that applies to traits (as opposed to acts) is defensible.

Keywords: character; traits; blame; control; fairness

Chapter.  8220 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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