Dissolving reactive attitudes: forgiving and understanding

Allais, Lucy (2008) Dissolving reactive attitudes: forgiving and understanding. South African Journal of Philosophy, 27 (3). pp. 179-201. ISSN 0258-0136

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In `Freedom and Resentment,' Strawson argues that we cannot separate holding people morally responsible for their actions from specific emotional responses, which he calls reactive attitudes, which we are disposed towards in response to people's actions. Strawson's view might pose problems for forgiveness, in which we choose to overcome reactive attitudes like resentment without altering the judgments that make them appropriate. I present a detailed analysis of reactive attitudes, which I use both to defend Strawson's account of the connection between these states and responsibility, and to show how we can fit forgiveness into this account.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Lucy Allais
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:34
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2012 12:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26696
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