Culpability, blame, and the moral dynamics of social power

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This paper responds to recent work on moral blame, which has drawn attention to the ambivalent nature of our blaming practices and to the need to ‘civilize’ these practices. It argues that the project of civilizing blame must engage with a further problematic feature of these practices, namely, that they can be implicated in structures of social oppression, and distorted by epistemic and discursive injustice. The paper also aims to show that engaging with this problem raises questions about the Strawsonian equation of moral responsibility with liability to praise or blame.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-182
Number of pages20
JournalProceedings of the Aristotelean Society, Supplementary Volumes
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


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