Blame and Responsibility

Our core objective is to bring together researchers in epistemology, ethics and metaphysics to shed light on key questions concerning blame including the following. What is it to blame someone and under what conditions are we entitled to do so? Are groups, such as companies or governments, blameworthy? To what extent can groups or individuals be held blameworthy for beliefs or behaviour which discriminate against women or minorities even when the beliefs and behaviour are subconscious and/or accepted practice? What can be revealed about blame by the nature of forgiveness and apology?

The project will exploit the strength of Scottish philosophy, bringing together researchers from the philosophy departments at Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews. We will hold three workshops and one public lecture.

Principal investigator: Jessica Brown (St Andrews)

Network members: Carter, Kelp, Pettigrove and Simion (Glasgow); and Mason, McGlynn, Todd (Edinburgh)

Supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.