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Blaming the intellectually vicious: A critical discussion of Cassam’s account of blameworthiness and reprehensibility for epistemic vice

Tanesini, Alessandra 2020. Blaming the intellectually vicious: A critical discussion of Cassam’s account of blameworthiness and reprehensibility for epistemic vice. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10.1007/s10677-020-10092-1
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Abstract

There is much of interest in Cassam’s ground-breaking Vices of the Mind (2019). This discussion focuses exclusively on one aspect of his view, namely, his account of what it takes to be properly criticisable or blameworthy for one’s epistemic vices. This critical discussion consists of two sections. The first provides an overview of Cassam’s account of responsibility and criticizability for intellectual vices. The second raises a problem for that account whose formulation is due to Battaly (2019) and proposes a solution which, at least in part, could also be adopted by Cassam himself if he were prepared to make some small changes to his view. This solution generates a highly disjunctive account of criticizability and responsibility for possessing an epistemic vice. Although such heterogeneity might seem wholly unsatisfactory, it receives a plausible explanation when the account is put within the context of a Strawsonian approach to the practice of holding people responsible for their epistemic vices.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 1386-2820
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 May 2020
Date of Acceptance: 12 May 2020
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 15:19
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/131760

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