Reproach without Blameworthiness

Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 27 (4):399-401 (2020)
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In her commentary, Kennett helpfully reiterates Pickard’s criticism of Strawsonian theories of blame. Angry forms of blame like resentment are, according to Pickard, characterized by a sense of entitlement and are counterproductive to therapy. Some disagree that entitlement is a necessary condition for emotional blame, but also more permissive understandings of Strawsonian emotional blame have been considered inappropriate and counterproductive in a therapeutic relationship and on a psychiatric ward.We proposed to bracket definitional issues about the meaning of emotional blame and instead looked at the possible therapeutic role of negative affect in clinical settings. Our paper conceptualizes...



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