Blame and responsiveness to moral reasons: Are psychopaths blameworthy?

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 89 (4):516-535 (2008)
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Matthew Talbert
West Virginia University
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Abstract:  Many philosophers believe that people who are not capable of grasping the significance of moral considerations are not open to moral blame when they fail to respond appropriately to these considerations. I contend, however, that some morally blind, or 'psychopathic,' agents are proper targets for moral blame, at least on some occasions. I argue that moral blame is a response to the normative commitments and attitudes of a wrongdoer and that the actions of morally blind agents can express the relevant blame-grounding attitudes insofar as these agents possess the capacity to make judgments about non-moral reasons.
Keywords Psychopathy  Blame  Normative Competence  Moral Responsibility
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2008.00334.x
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