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Wrongs and Crimes$
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Victor Tadros

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571376

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571376.001.0001

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Wrongness and Response

Wrongness and Response

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Wrongs and Crimes

Victor Tadros

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets up the puzzle of the nature of wrongness: how is moral wrongdoing distinct from the more general class of acts that we have decisive reason not to perform? It explores and rejects one familiar view: that conduct is wrong because of the responses that it is apt to make to it. This view, it is shown, can survive one kind of challenge: that the view does not adequately track which conduct is wrong. It faces another decisive challenge: that the view cannot adequately explain our experiences of judging that acts are wrong, and our motivation to act on that judgement.

Keywords:   wrongness, blame, reasons, response-dependence, practical reasoning, excuses

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