Risk and Blameworthiness by Degree

Journal of Value Inquiry:1-15 (forthcoming)
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This work shows that two problems—the reference class and the mental state of the agent—undermine the plausibility of the ‘blameworthiness tracks risk thesis’ (BTRT), which states, prima facie, an agent is more blameworthy for imposing a greater rather than smaller risk. The article first outlines core concepts. It then shows how the two problems undermine BTRT; namely, (1) no blame attribution based on risk imposition is unequivocal; (2) when the materialization of risk is subject to chance, an agent’s decision can ground an equal degree of blameworthiness regardless of whether the risk is greater or lesser.
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