The nurturing stance: making sense of responsibility without blame

Daphne Brandenburg*

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Mental health-care clinicians report that they hold patients responsible for morally objectionable behaviour but at the same time consider blaming attitudes to be inappropriate. These practices present a conundrum for all Strawsonian theories of responsibility. In response to this conundrum, Pickard has proposed severing the Strawsonian connection between being responsible and being an appropriate target of blaming attitudes. In this article I will argue that her solution fails to explain the practices at stake and provide an alternative solution that uncovers an under-theorized stance we take towards those whose abilities are underdeveloped or compromised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-22
Number of pages18
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue numberS1
Early online date25 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


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