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dc.contributor.advisor Sher, George
dc.creatorTugendstein, Gabriel
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-14T20:29:02Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-14T20:29:02Z
dc.date.issued 2020-05
dc.identifier.citation Tugendstein, Gabriel. "Empathetic Blame: Moral Evaluation in the Face of Luck." Undergraduate thesis, Rice University, 2020. https://doi.org/10.25611/3hyg-sz31.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/108708
dc.description.abstract In this thesis I offer a new interpretation of blame and criticism rooted in P.F. Strawson's distinction between the subjective and objective points of view. In Part I, I use the problems presented by circumstantial moral luck to expose the inadequacy of standard intuitions about what's required to blame another. Proposed solutions to these issues, I argue, fall into the trap of viewing blame as the outgrowth of a metaphysical status instead of an action that cannot be detached from interpersonal relationships. In Part II I generate a novel interpretation based on the projects of Hume, Strawson, and Scanlon, which posits blame as an attitude forming out of self-reflection and empathy, and criticism as a belief forming out of comparison to a rigid standard. I then elaborate on the phenomenology of such a blame act and go over the consequences my interpretation would have, including a world with substantially less blaming that would eschew vague metaphysical questions and recognize the limitations of imposing moral standards on those who have faced different circumstances.
dc.format.extent 92 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Rice University
dc.rights Copyright is held by author.
dc.rights.uriCreative Commons License- Attribution (CC BY), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
dc.subjectMoral Luck
Blame
Criticism
Control Principle
David Hume
P.F. Strawson
T.M. Scanlon
Susan Wolf
Standing to Blame
dc.title Empathetic Blame: Moral Evaluation in the Face of Luck
dc.type.genre Thesis
thesis.degree.department Philosophy
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Undergraduate
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.25611/3hyg-sz31
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