Blame: Its Nature and Norms

Paperback | December 12, 2012

EditorD. Justin Coates, Neal A. Tognazzini

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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 impairedrelationship? 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 byfocusing 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, whatsort 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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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 impairedrelationship? What accounts for its force or sting, and...

D. Justin Coates works on issues in ethics, moral psychology, and the philosophy of action. He is the Law and Philosophy Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. Neal A. Tognazzini works at the intersection of metaphysics and ethics on problems of agency, free will, and moral responsibility. His publications have appeared in Nou...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. D. Justin Coates and Neal A. Tognazzini: The Contours of Blame2. Angela M. Smith: Moral Blame and Moral Protest3. George Sher: Wrongdoing and Relationships: The Problem of the Stranger4. Christopher Bennett: The Expressive Function of Blame5. T. M. Scanlon: Interpreting Blame6. David Shoemaker: Blame and Punishment7. Michael McKenna: Directed Blame and Conversation8. Coleen Macnamara: Taking Demands Out of Blame9. Victoria McGeer: Civilizing Blame10. Derk Pereboom: Free Will Skepticism, Blame, and Obligation11. Christopher Evan Franklin: Valuing Blame12. R. Jay Wallace: Rightness and Responsibility13. Erin I. Kelly: What is an Excuse?14. Macalester Bell: The Standing to Blame: A Critique15. Gary Watson: Standing in JudgmentReferences