Accountability, Aliens, and Psychopaths: A Reply to Shoemaker

Ethics 122 (3):562-574 (2012)
I respond here to an argument in David Shoemaker’s recent essay, “Attributability, Answerability, and Accountability: Toward a Wider Theory of Moral Responsibility.” Shoemaker finds that “Scanlonian” approaches to moral blame err insofar as they do not include a capacity to respond to moral considerations among the conditions on blameworthiness. Shoemaker argues that wrongdoers must be able to respond to moral reasons for their behavior to express the disrespect to which blaming attitudes like resentment respond. I offer reasons for rejecting this argument.
Keywords Psychopathy  Accountability  Blame  Normative Competence
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