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Reasons and RecognitionEssays on the Philosophy of T.M. Scanlon$
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R. Jay Wallace, Rahul Kumar, and Samuel Freeman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199753673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753673.001.0001

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Blame, Italian Style

Blame, Italian Style

(p.332) 14 Blame, Italian Style
Reasons and Recognition

Susan Wolf

Oxford University Press

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

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