Sample Paper on The Concept of Blame And Responsibility

  The Concept of Blame And Responsibility 

It applies that for responsibility to be applicable; the fundamental condition is the presence of a free will. Without free will, responsibility would be termed as indispensable. However, even if these conditions sometimes are denied, there are several reasons why individuals should apply responsibility. The degree of dispensability may be dependent on some considerations that are in return not dependent on matters and concepts related to the nature[1]. Responsibility subjects an individual to the accountability of whatever may face another him, her or another individual. It means that the person accountable for another person becomes answerable for whatever comes along the way of the individual. Responsibility is accompanied by several elements. They include transparency, compatibility and relevance[2]. Respect binds all the three elements together. Blame and responsibility have a close connection. Blame is some sort of condemnation a person is charged with when he /she fails to be responsible of their misfortunes as well as the misfortunes of others that he/ she is responsible for.

When an individual operates in a notion of a self-centered life, it becomes so easy to execute blame on himself and on the other hand, it becomes difficult to have a perception that he is charged with responsibility of whatever comes his way. This kind of life has a negative impact on the two elements, blame and responsibility[3]. One becomes egoistic and when messes come along, the victim develops a negative perception towards himself putting all the blame on himself. However, it is natural for human beings to be self-conscious because they have to think about themselves first before thinking of others. Nevertheless, they should be aware of the risks associated with this and should try hard not to get into the trap.

Various factors determine allocation of blame. Different people, depending on the current situation will be blamed for things that go amiss especially in places where there many agents or people. A person will be blamed for misfortunes that arise if he /she acts in ways that are meant to intentionally result to those misfortunes. For instance, say a person shows some hatred to another and they engage in some conflicting argument, the person wronged may intentionally summon some agents who may punish the wrongdoer. If any misfortune were to arise to the punished person, the other party would bear the blame. Foresight is the other factor that influences blame allocation. If an agent is aware of a happening that could leave several people suffering, and does not act in any way to prevent it, and it happens, then the blame would bore by him/her.

Blame allocation is also influenced by mitigating circumstances on a party. Some events and occurrences that result in losses may occur due to neglect by the relevant parties on any ways of avoidance of the occurrence. For instance, the government of a particular country may not treat security issues in the country as a priority. This may motivate terrorists to take advantage of the situation. When terror befalls citizens of the respective country, the blame is allocated to the government. An error associated with this case is the attribution error, which occurs when a negative judgment is given to other people’s misfortunes basing them on their internal traits such as ethics and abilities instead of external conditions in their places of stay. The solution to this error is a critical application of evaluation of the judgment we give on ourselves. This will ensure that justice and fairness will rule, as no one would be willing to be unjust to himself/herself.




Glassman, William E., and Marilyn Hadad. 2010. Approaches to psychology. London: McGraw-Hill.

McKenna, M. 2011. Conversation & responsibility. New York: Oxford University Press.

Shaver, K. G. 2012. Attribution of blame: causality, responsibility, and blameworthiness. [S.l.]: Springer.

[1] McKenna.  Conversation & responsibility. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 34.


[2] Shaver.  Attribution of blame: causality, responsibility, and blameworthiness. ([S.l.]: Springer, 2012), 67.


[3] Glassman and Marilyn.  Approaches to psychology. (London: McGraw-Hill,2010), 56.