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Volume 42 Issue 4 (October 2019), Pages 311-427

Moral Character and the Significance of Action: Judging Dmitri Karamazov (pages 333-349)

Abstract The paper considers the problematic relation between a person and her action as it is expressed in the problem of blame and moral judgement. I argue that blaming someone for her action does affect our moral judgement of her, but does not imply condemnation of her moral character. I use the example of Dmitri Karamazov to show that a response to a particular situation, although shaped by the previous character of the person, does not follow from it and can in turn affect and change the person's character by changing the way in which she perceives what is valuable.

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