Respect and the Efficacy of Blame

In Oxford Studies in Agency & Responsibility, Vol. 4. Oxford University Press (2017)
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Abstract

This paper examines the role of respect (specifically, the interest in having the respect of other people) in enabling blame to be effective: i.e., to achieve the desired effect of changing the blamed’s attitude and behavior. It develops an account of blame’s operations in three different cases: standard, intermediate, and proleptic. It ends by raising the worry that effective blame toward the morally distant approximates manipulation and coercion, leaving a moral residue.

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George Tsai
University of Hawaii

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