In Carla Bagnoli (ed.), Morality and the Emotions. Oxford University Press. pp. 217-34 (2011)

Bennett W. Helm
Franklin and Marshall College
Peter Strawson’s “Freedom and Resentment” usefully connected the concepts of freedom and responsibility with the reactive attitudes, but there has been some controversy concerning both the nature of that connection and what the reactive attitudes are. I shall argue—tentatively and speculatively—that we can best understand the reactive attitudes by seeing them as individually presupposing and jointly constituting both our respect for persons and the dignity to which that respect is responsive. Consequently, being both a proper subject and object of the reactive attitudes is to be a member of the normative community of fellow persons within which one both takes responsibility and is held responsible for what one does. This just is to be a responsible agent.
Keywords responsibility  dignity  Strawson  respect  agency
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,130
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Reactive Attitudes as Communicative Entities.Coleen Macnamara - 2015 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 90 (3):546-569.
Blame, Communication, and Morally Responsible Agency.Coleen Macnamara - 2015 - In Randolph Clarke, Michael McKenna & Angela Smith (eds.), The Nature of Moral Responsibility: New Essays. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 211-236.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Justice for Hedgehogs.Ronald Dworkin - 2011 - Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
A Strawsonian Defense of Corporate Moral Responsibility.David Silver - 2005 - American Philosophical Quarterly 42 (4):279 - 293.
Undignified Bioethics.Alasdair Cochrane - 2010 - Bioethics 24 (5):234-241.
Responsibility.Joshua Knobe & John M. Doris - 2010 - In John Michael Doris (ed.), The Moral Psychology Handbook. Oxford University Press.
Human Dignity as a Right.Shaoping Gan - 2009 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (3):370-384.
Dignity Promotion and Beneficence.Diego S. Silva - 2010 - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 7 (4):365-372.
Euthanasia - Who Is in Control?Gregory K. Pike - 2011 - Bioethics Research Notes 23 (2):31.


Added to PP index

Total views
90 ( #129,646 of 2,506,503 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #277,244 of 2,506,503 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes