Philosophical Studies

, Volume 175, Issue 4, pp 973–980 | Cite as

Judgmental alternatives, empathy, and moral responsibility

  • Matthew TalbertEmail author


In Responsibility From the Margins, David Shoemaker distinguishes three forms of responsibility: attributability, answerability, and accountability. The introduction of various normative competence requirements lends precision to the contrasts that Shoemaker draws between these forms of responsibility. I argue, however, that these competence requirements are less well motivated than Shoemaker supposes, which raises the possibility that we cannot distinguish between forms of responsibility in the way that he hopes.


Accountability Anger Answerability Attributability Empathy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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