Interconnected blameworthiness

Stephanie Collins, Niels De Haan

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This paper investigates agents' blameworthiness when they are part of a group that does harm. We analyse three factors that affect the scope of an agent's blameworthiness in these cases: shared intentionality, interpersonal influence, and common knowledge. Each factor involves circumstantial (and some resultant) luck. The more each factor is present, the greater is the scope of each agent's vicarious blameworthiness for the other agents' contributions to the harm. We then consider an agent's degree of blameworthiness, as distinct from her scope of blameworthiness. We suggest that an agent mostly controls her degree of blameworthiness - but even here, luck constrains what possible degrees of blameworthiness are open to her.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-209
Number of pages15
JournalThe Monist
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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