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In Praise of Blame$
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George Sher

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195187427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195187423.001.0001

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What Blame Is Not

What Blame Is Not

In Praise of Blame

George Sher (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter asks what blaming someone adds to believing that he has acted badly. It examines three of the most popular accounts of the additional element: roughly, those which construe it as a public expression of one’s disapproval, as a belief that the agent’s misdeeds have marred his moral record, and as a negative emotional reaction. Of these familiar accounts, each is shown to be inadequate.

Keywords:   blame, wrongdoing, disapproval, punishment, moral blemish, Strawson, resentment

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