Adriana Placani and Stearns Broadhead recently published an Article in the Journal of Value Inquiry. Its title: Risk and Blameworthiness by Degree.
This work shows that two problems – the reference class and the mental state of the agent – undermine the plausibility of the ‘blameworthiness tracks risk thesis’ (BTRT), which states, prima facie, an agent is more blameworthy for imposing a greater rather than smaller risk. The article shows how the two problems undermine BTRT; namely, (1) no blame attribution based on risk imposition is unequivocal; (2) when the materialization of risk is subject to chance, an agent’s decision can ground an equal degree of blameworthiness regardless of whether the risk is greater or lesser.
Adriana Placani & Stearns Broadhead (2021). Risk and Blameworthiness by Degree. Journal of Value Inquiry, 1-15, DOI: 10.1007/s10790-021-09798-x.