Blame Its Nature and Norms
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Description: One mark of interpersonal relationships is a tendency to blame. But what precise evaluations and responses constitute blame? Is it most centrally a judgment, or is it an emotion, or something else? Does blame express a demand, or embody a protest, or does it simply mark an impaired relationship? What accounts for its force or sting, and how similar is it to punishment?The essays in this volume explore answers to these (and other) questions about the nature of blame, but they also explore the various norms that govern the propriety of blame. The traditional question is whether anyone ever deserves to be blamed, but the essays here provide a fresh perspective by focusing on blame from the blamer's perspective instead. Is our tendency to blame a vice, something we should work to replace with more humane ways of relating, or does it rather lie at the very heart of a commitment to morality? What can we legitimately expect of each other, and in general, what sort of attitude do would-be blamers need to have in order to have the standing to blame? Hypocritical or self-righteous blame seems objectionable, but why?The contributions to this volume aim to give us a fuller picture of the nature and norms of blame, and more generally of the promises and perils of membership in the human moral community.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/27/2012
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
|The Contours of Blame|
|Moral Blame and Moral Protest|
|Wrongdoing and Relationships: The Problem of the Stranger|
|The Expressive Function of Blame|
|Blame and Punishment|
|Directed Blame and Conversation|
|Taking Demands Out of Blame|
|Free Will Skepticism, Blame, and Obligation|
|Rightness and Responsibility|
|What Is an Excuse?|
|The Standing to Blame: A Critique|
|Standing in Judgment|