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Being AmoralPsychopathy and Moral Incapacity$
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Thomas Schramme

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027915

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027915.001.0001

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The Significance of Psychopathic Wrongdoing1

The Significance of Psychopathic Wrongdoing1

(p.275) 12 The Significance of Psychopathic Wrongdoing1
Being Amoral

Matthew Talbert

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The chapter addresses the issue of responsibility in focussing on the possible reactions of people who are the targets of wrongdoing. Resentment is the characteristic feature of moral blame. We are justified in attributing to a psychopathic wrongdoer the necessary characteristics that would justify moral appraisal because such behavior can have morally significant expressive content, which is based on the way a psychopath guides his or her behavior in relation to judgments about reasons. Psychopaths are not simply driven by internal forces but can weigh reasons and understand consequences of their actions. Blame toward psychopaths can therefore be justified..

Keywords:   Peter Strawson, resentment, moral blame, Gary Watson, moral reasons, guidance, moral respnsibility

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