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At least you tried: The value of De Dicto concern to do the right thing

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Field C (2022) At least you tried: The value of De Dicto concern to do the right thing. Philosophical Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-022-01791-9

Abstract
I argue that there are some situations in which it is praiseworthy to be motivated only by moral rightness de dicto, even if this results in wrongdoing. I consider a set of cases that are challenging for views that dispute this, prioritising concern for what is morally important (de re, and not de dicto) in moral evaluation (for example, Arpaly, 2003; Arpaly & Schroeder, 2013; Harman 2015; Weatherson, 2019). In these cases, the agent is not concerned about what is morally important (de re), does the wrong thing, but nevertheless seems praiseworthy rather than blameworthy. I argue that the views under discussion cannot accommodate this, and should be amended to recognise that it is often praiseworthy to be motivated to do what is right (de dicto).

Keywords
Praiseworthiness; Blameworthiness; Neuroatypicality; Moral responsibility; Moral recklessness; Moral Risk

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Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Philosophical Studies

StatusIn Press
Publication date online31/03/2022
Date accepted by journal11/01/2022
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/34116
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
ISSN0554-0739
eISSN1573-0883

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Dr Claire Field
Dr Claire Field

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Philosophy

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