A compatibilist principle for just blaming

Martha Klein

in Determinism, Blameworthiness, and Deprivation

Published in print May 1990 | ISBN: 9780198248347
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681134 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

A compatibilist principle for just blaming

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Because we are committed to the U-condition for blameworthiness and because the U-condition cannot be fulfilled, we are forced to conclude that blaming is unjust. This makes things uncomfortable for us since, for reasons discussed in Chapter 6, we are committed to blaming. This chapter argues that although this discomfort cannot be obliterated, but it might be possible to ease it. One way of easing it would be to accept that we are also committed to a compatibilist condition for blameworthiness whose fulfilment would preclude fulfilment of the U-condition.

Keywords: U-condition; blameworthiness; moral responsibility; compatibilism; incompatibilism

Chapter.  6495 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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