Part of the CRASSH Fellows Work in Progress Seminar Series. All welcome but please email Michelle Maciejewska to book your place and to request readings. A sandwich lunch and refreshments are provided.
A central way of holding agents morally responsible for their actions is to praise and blame them for what they do. With the support of a CRASSH Early Career Fellowship, I will be working on a unified account of moral blame- and praiseworthiness.
The central idea that I will develop is the following: whether an agent is morally praiseworthy or blameworthy for an action depends on whether or not she performs it intentionally. More precisely, it depends on whether in preforming that action, she intentionally did the right or the wrong thing. Our attributions of praise and blame thus track our attributions of intentional wrong- and right-doing.
Dr Paulina Silwa is a CRASSH Early Career Fellow in Lent Term 2016.
I am a University Lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. Before coming to Cambridge, I was in the other Cambridge (MA), where I received my PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012.