We generally tend to feel resentment towards others when they do
things that harm us (and gratitude when they benefit us)
Such feelings are an important and indispensable part of human
interaction, and life in general
But there are exceptions to resentment
For example, when people harm us involuntarily, we usually withhold
Question: What are the cases under which resentment (and other similar
attitudes) is withheld?
Strawson identifies 3 kinds of exceptions
place (e.g. cases of compulsion, accidents etc.)
2) Has to do with the agent, and his/her state of mind at the time of the
action (cases of intoxication, anger, etc.)
3) Has to do with the agent, but with his/her general state of mind (e.g.
cases of psychological abnormality, youth/ignorance)
in the 3 kind of cases, we tend to develop an objective, rather than
personal/subjective attitude towards people who are psychologically