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Blame: Its Nature and Norms

D. Justin Coates and Neal A. Tognazzini

Abstract

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 ... More

Keywords: blame, moral sentiments, moral responsibility, relationships, P. F. Strawson, emotion, punishment, wrongdoing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860821
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860821.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Justin Coates, editor
University of Chicago Law School

Neal A. Tognazzini, editor
The College of William & Mary

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