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Communities of RespectGrounding Responsibility, Authority, and Dignity$
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Bennett W. Helm

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198801863

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198801863.001.0001

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Roles, Relationships, and Blame

Roles, Relationships, and Blame

(p.160) 6 Roles, Relationships, and Blame
Communities of Respect

Bennett W. Helm

Oxford University Press

Tim Scanlon is right to think that how it is proper to blame (or praise) another depends on your relationships with her. This Chapter argues that such relationships are in part communal relationships you have with fellow community members. Understanding such relationships depends on understanding the different roles one might have within a community of respect and the variability in how the norms bind one depending on one’s role. In addition, how it is proper to praise or blame another varies depending on one’s connection to her actions as well as on what else is going on in both her and one’s own lives—on what excuses you each have. Consequently, this Chapter examines roles, relationships, and excuses so as to provide a clearer picture of the nature of responsibility and its grounding within communities of respect.

Keywords:   roles, relationships, community, Scanlon, blame, excuses

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