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.



Day 1: Friday September 8

8.45 – 9:00 Arrival and coffee

9:00 – 10:30 Mona Simion, ‘Blame as Performance"

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 12:15 Antony Duff, ‘Responding Responsibly to Wrongdoing: Accountability in Law and Morality’

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:45 Konstantinos Papageorgiou:' "Moral Dialogue" of Punishment'

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee

15:00 – 16:30 Miranda Fricker, ‘Forgiveness: Its Power and Corruptions’

16:45 – 18:15 Andreas Brekke-Carlsson, ‘Shame and Responsibility’

20:00 Dinner at Solsiden

Day 2: Saturday September 9

8.45 – 9:00 Arrival and coffee

9:00 – 10:30 Christel Fricke, ‘Is there a Duty to Forgive?’

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 12:15 Maria Seim, ‘Standing to blame and personal relations’

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:45 Sari Kisilevsky: 'The Ethics of Punishment in the Age of Mass Incarceration'

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee

15:00 – 16:30 Ioannis Tassopoulos, ‘Forgiveness Transformed: The Right to Free Speech, Tolerance and Civility’

16:45-18:15 Carla Bagnoli, ‘Responses to Wrongdoing Under Duress’

19:00 Dinner at L’ardoise



Christel Fricke
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