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Unlike most contemporary compatibilists, Edwards regards the lack of the moral ability to A (lacking the ability to choose A) not to undermine the moral praiseworthiness or blameworthiness of S for choosing ~A.
39) It is interesting to notice that, despite the presence of such fatalistic or deterministic thoughts, moral responsibility and praiseworthiness are still intelligibly discernible in Homer.
62) That is, if one holds that praiseworthiness is subject to luck, then one should hold that blameworthiness is subject to luck as well.
Although we cannot appeal to a direct connection between Young's actions and his praiseworthiness, we can appeal to a very important indirect connection.
First, the ethical praiseworthiness of medicine does not reside in the pursuit of some one solitary good, but in the pursuit of a number of goods (at least these three).
The praiseworthiness of medicine is not simply a function of the fact (or possibility) that there are "good" men and women in the profession.
I do so by defending two claims: First, that it does better than extant Fitting Attitude accounts of blameworthiness and praiseworthiness, and, second, that it has an initial plausibility with respect to informing a general account of desert.
One, that moral responsibility involves blameworthiness and praiseworthiness.
He says, "[Man naturally] desires, not only praise, but praiseworthiness, or to be that thing that, though it should be praised by nobody, is, however, the natural and proper object of praise.
Thus we imagine a third person: a judge, an "impartial spectator within," who, permanently seeing our conduct from that disinterested stance and hence in its real dimension, is able to decide about its praiseworthiness or blameworthiness.
Consider, moreover, the connections between rightness and praiseworthiness.
This no doubt intentional equivocation on Smith's part helps suffuse the book with these themes, to the point that, without much exaggeration, one could say that the Theory of Moral Sentiments is generally about love: our need for love and sympathy, love as friendship, self-love, the love of praise and praiseworthiness, the love of beauty.