Blame as performance

Simion, M. (2021) Blame as performance. Synthese, 199(3), pp. 7595-7614. (doi: 10.1007/s11229-021-03130-7)

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This paper develops a novel account of the nature of blame: on this account, blame is a species of performance with a constitutive aim. The argument for the claim that blame is an action is speech-act theoretic: it relies on the nature of performatives and the parallelism between mental and spoken blame. I argue that the view scores well on prior plausibility and theoretical fruitfulness, in that: it rests on claims that are widely accepted across sub-disciplines, it explains the normativity of blaming and it accounts for associated psychological phenomena.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Simion, Professor Mona
Authors: Simion, M.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Research Group:COGITO Epistemology Research Centre
Journal Name:Synthese
ISSN (Online):1573-0964
Published Online:10 April 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Author
First Published:First published in Synthese 199(3): 7595-7614
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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