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In Praise of Blame by George (Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Philosophy, Rice University) Sher


In Praise of Blame by George (Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Philosophy, Rice University) Sher

Blame is an unpopular and neglected notion: it goes against the grain of a therapeutically-oriented culture and has been far less discussed by philosophers than such related notions as responsibility and punishment. This book seeks to show that neither the opposition nor the neglect is justified. The book's most important conclusion is that blame is inseperable from morality itself - that any considerations that justify us in accepting a set of moral principles must also call for the condemnation of those who violate the principles. Properly understood, blame and morality must stand or fall together.


an elegant, tightly focused and carefully crafted theory of moral blame and moral blameworthiness...The structure and prosecution of the book's overall argument are admirably clear and methodologically reflective. Sher is impressively painstaking in setting out the conditions of success for a theory of this phenomemon and in attempting to show how his account answers to them. * Gary Watson, Mind *

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George Sher is Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Philosophy at Rice University.

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Publication date

20th December 2007


George (Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Philosophy, Rice University) Sher

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Oxford University Press Inc


160 pages


Ethics & moral philosophy



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