P. S. Greenspan, "Subjective Guilt and Responsibility," Mind, 101 (1992), 287-303


The paper defends a "nonjudgmentalist" account of guilt feelings that makes sense of their extension to cases where an agent does not believe he is actually guilty. These include the familiar case of guilt for the death of a child in an unavoidable car accident, along with cases of survivor's guilt and collective guilt. I argue that three alternatives in the literature are inadequate: Rawls' rejection of real guilt feelings in such cases; Gabriele Taylor's acceptance of them for cases involving only a judgment of causal responsibility; and Herbert Morris' appeal to a "nonmoral" sense of guilt.

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