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In Praise of Blame

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/10.1093/0195187423.003.0007
 In Praise of Blame

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This final chapter develops an account of blameworthiness that dovetails with the previous chapter’s account of blame. Because the core constituents of blame consist of a desire and a belief, the norms that determine when blame is called for are the ones that correspond to these elements. On the resulting account, blame is called for when (a) the blamer’s belief that the blamee has acted badly is true, and (b) the blamer’s desire that the blamee not have violated a moral principle to which the blamer is committed is justified by the very considerations that justify his commitment itself. By thus making explicit the link between the justification of blame and the justification of the moral principle that the blamee has flouted, we come to see that a commitment to blame is inseparable from a commitment to morality itself.

Keywords: blame; blameworthiness; morality; commitment; principles

Chapter.  10259 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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