What Blame Is

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

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This chapter develops a new account of what blame adds to the belief that someone has acted badly. According to the proposed account, the additional element consists of a set of dispositions (to become angry, express one’s disapproval, and the like) which are explained by the combination of the belief that the agent has acted badly and a desire that he not have done so. Unlike most desires, this one is oriented to the past rather than the future. Nevertheless, it remains a source of motivation that is capable of accounting for the blame-constituting dispositions.

Keywords: blame; disposition; anger; reproach; desire; belief; backward-looking

Chapter.  9018 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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