What Blame Is Not

George Sher

in In Praise of Blame

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195187427
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786596 | DOI:
 What Blame Is Not

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This chapter asks what blaming someone adds to believing that he has acted badly. It examines three of the most popular accounts of the additional element: roughly, those which construe it as a public expression of one’s disapproval, as a belief that the agent’s misdeeds have marred his moral record, and as a negative emotional reaction. Of these familiar accounts, each is shown to be inadequate.

Keywords: blame; wrongdoing; disapproval; punishment; moral blemish; Strawson; resentment

Chapter.  8157 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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