chapter  2
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Luck and the Fairness of Sanctions Thesis

Accepting this latter claim is logically consistent with accepting a number of other theses about blameworthiness, including some that make reference only to features of blameworthy agents, such as that to be blameworthy one must have the ability to do otherwise or that one is blameworthy for an action if and only if one acted on one’s own reasonsresponsive mechanism.2 Still, the idea that blameworthiness can be correctly characterized by reference to what responses to blameworthy action are appropriate is of great importance. For example, it has been used to fix terms, to ensure that differing parties in the debate are talking about the same phenomenon, and in arguments that particular features of agents are in fact required for blameworthy action.3