Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen - "On being in a position to blame"


We often dismiss blame not because we deny that what we have done is blameworthy, but because we deny that the blamer is in a position to blame us for what the person blames us for. I might be blameworthy for flying too much and while, say, Greta Thunberg might be in a position to blame me for that Al Gore might not be so. But under what conditions is one not in a position to blame someone else? And what exactly is it not to be in a position to blame? And is it unique to blame that the agent must be in a certain position to engage in the relevant illocutionary act? In my talk I will answer these question in tandem with an account of what blaming typically involves.

Published Sep. 10, 2019 2:45 PM - Last modified Nov. 3, 2019 1:26 PM