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In Praise of Blame

George Sher


Blame is an unpopular and neglected notion: it goes against the grain of a therapeutically oriented culture and has been far less discussed by philosophers than such related notions as responsibility and punishment. This book seeks to show that neither the opposition nor the neglect is justified. The book’s most important conclusion is that blame is inseparable from morality itself — that any considerations that justify us in accepting a set of moral principles must also call for the condemnation of those who violate the principles. Because blame has not received much sustained attention, the ... More

Keywords: blame, blameworthiness, character, action, agent, morality, responsibility, reactive attitudes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195187427
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195187423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Sher, author
Rice University
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