Responding to Wrongdoing: Resentment, Blame, Forgiveness, Punishment

Rational agents can harm and wrong each other. Victims tend to respond to their being harmed by resenting and blaming the respective wrongdoer. Recently, several scholars have proposed an understanding of resentment and blame not only as sentiments which inform moral judgments but as speech acts. In resenting and blaming a wrongdoer, the respective victim enters into a process of communication with the wrongdoer. The functions of such a process can be manifold: In so far as a victim cannot alone determine whether and to what extent the agent who is the addressee of her resentment and blame has done wrong, this process can have the function of determining whether and how much wrong has been done and whether or not the wrongdoer can be held accountable for his action. Once the communicating parties have settled these questions, they can judge the spontaneous response by the victim as more or less warranted. Should they agree on the wrongdoer’s blameworthiness, further questions arise: Should the victim forgive the wrongdoer? What kind of difference does it make whether or not the wrongdoer obtains forgiveness? Does the wrongdoer have a right to be forgiven? Should the wrongdoer be punished? What is the function of punishment? What do forgiveness and punishment add to an agreement obtained by the wrongdoer and his victim on the blameworthiness of the wrongdoer and the victim’s resentment being warranted?


The workshop will bring together scholars who explore procedural and communicative approaches to questions as they arise at the interface of resentment and blame on the one hand and forgiveness and punishment on the other.





Carla Bagnoli (CSMN / Modena)
Andreas Brekke-Carlsson (Oslo)

Anthony Duff (Universities of Minnesota and Stirling)

Christel Fricke (CSMN / Oslo)

Miranda Fricker (CUNY and Sheffield)

Linda Grøning (Bergen)

Julia Annas (CSMN / Tuscon, Arizona)

Konstantinos Papageorgiou (Athens)

Maria Seim (Oslo)

Mona Simion (Oslo)

Ioannis Tassopoulos (Athens)












Christel Fricke
Published Mar. 24, 2017 11:17 AM - Last modified May 3, 2017 9:30 AM