Grounding Responsibility in Appropriate Blame
by Leonhard Menges
When confronted with the question of why it is appropriate to morally blame a person for some bad
action, it may seem plausible to reply that she is morally responsible for it. Some authors, inspired by
Peter Strawson's "Freedom and Resentment," argue, however, that thinking this way is backwards.
They believe that a person is morally responsible for some bad action because it would be appropriate
to blame her for it. The aims of this paper are to present this account, to highlight some of its
important but often overlooked features, and to defend it against pressing objections.