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Setting the stage

The subject of this paper is moral responsibility in the sense associated with praise and blame.1 Specifically, I am interested in the logic and metaphysics of blame. When I talk of blaming a person I mean to refer to the judgment that a person is blameworthy, rather than the expression of blame through blaming behaviour.2 So understood the traditional logic of blame can be seen as involving three intuitively plausible claims:

(i) A person is justified in blaming a subject S for f-ing only if S deserves to be blamed for f-ing.