Blame, Italian Style

Susan Wolf

in Reasons and Recognition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753673
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918829 | DOI:
Blame, Italian Style

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The interpretation of “blame” which Scanlon proposes in Moral Dimensions marks out an important category of judgments and attitudes we may form in response to faulty behavior and character traits in other people. There is another category, however, at least as commonly associated with “blame,” which plays an important role in our relationships with others. This kind of blame, unlike Scanlon’s, is essentially connected to the appropriateness of such reactive emotions and sentiments as resentment, guilt, indignation, and righteous anger. Moreover, this kind of blame does not necessarily indicate an impairment of relationship. The paper further suggests that this kind of blame may be relevant to restorative approaches to criminal justice and that this kind of blame is specifically at stake in the free will debate.

Keywords: Blame; impairment (of relationship); reactive attitudes; anger; resentment; free will; restorative justice

Chapter.  8823 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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