Dealing with the past: Responsibility and personal history

Kyla Ebels-Duggan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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I argue that unfortunate formative circumstances do not undermine the warrant for either responsibility or blame. I then diagnose the tendency to think that formative circumstances do matter in this way, arguing that knowledge of these circumstances can play an essential epistemic role in our interpersonal interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-161
Number of pages21
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Blame
  • Blameworthiness
  • Relationships
  • Responsibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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