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Ways to be Blameworthy: Rightness, Wrongness, and Responsibility

Elinor Mason


This book examines the relationship between our deontic notions, rightness and wrongness, and our responsibility notions, praise- and blameworthiness. The book presents a pluralistic view of both our deontic concepts and our responsibility concepts, identifying three different ways to be blameworthy. First, ordinary blameworthiness is essentially connected to subjective rightness and wrongness. Subjective obligation and ordinary blameworthiness apply only to those who are within our moral community, that is to say, those who understand and share our value system. By contrast, the second sort o ... More

Keywords: blameworthiness, praiseworthiness, praise, blame, responsibility, quality of will, subjective obligation, subjective rightness, subjective wrongness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198833604
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833604.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elinor Mason, author
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh