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The Journal of Philosophy

Volume 114, Issue 2, February 2017

Christoph Kelp, Mona Simion
Pages 76-93
DOI: 10.5840/jphil201711426

Criticism and Blame in Action and Assertion

In this paper, we develop a general normative framework for criticisability, blamelessness and blameworthiness in action. We then turn to the debate on norms of assertion. We show that an application of this framework enables champions of the so-called knowledge rule of assertion to offer a theoretically motivated response to a number of putative counterexamples in terms of blamelessness. Finally, we argue that, on closer inspection, the putative counterexamples serve to confirm the knowledge rule and disconfirm rival views.