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May 2019

2019 Knox Lecture - Susan R Wolf on 'Criticizing Blame'5:15 pm - 6:45 pm. School III, St Salvator's QuadTuesday 21 May 2019

Event type: AcademicLectureAudience: Staff and studentsAcademic Schools and Departments: Philosophy
This event has been created by: Adam Etinson

Event Details

Susan R Wolf, UNC Chapel Hill presents ‘Criticizing Blame’.

Philosophers commonly distinguish between responsible and non-responsible individuals, understanding responsible agents as those individuals who are appropriate objects of punishment and reward, blame and credit, and reactive attitudes such as resentment, indignation and gratitude. Non-responsible individuals, by contrast, are never appropriate objects of these responses.

Susan Wolf’s lecture will present reasons to question this distinction: by marking a difference between blame and criticism, and the different conditions under which they are justified, we can see that the concepts of responsibility and blame are not as unified as we generally take them to be. This has implications for our understanding of responsibility, blame, punishment and the problem of free will.


(Tuesday) 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm