Hannah Tierney
University of California, Davis
Daniel Telech
Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Much has been written about the fittingness, epistemic, and standing norms that govern blame. In this paper, we argue that there exists a norm of blame that has yet to receive philosophical discussion and without which an account of the ethics of blame will be incomplete: a norm proscribing comparatively arbitrary blame. By reflecting on the objectionableness of comparatively arbitrary blame, we stand to elucidate a substantive, and thus far overlooked, norm governing our attributions of responsibility. Accordingly, our aim in this paper is to develop a comparative non-arbitrariness condition on blame that can enrich our understanding of the ethics of blame.
Keywords Arbitrariness  Blame  Blameworthiness  Moral Responsibility
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DOI 10.26556/jesp.v16i1.654
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