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The Routledge Handbook of Collective Responsibility

1st Edition

Edited by Saba Bazargan-Forward, Deborah Tollefsen


392 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Collective Responsibility comprehensively addresses questions about who is responsible and how blame or praise should be attributed when human agents act together. Such questions include: Do individuals share responsibility for the outcome or are individuals responsible only for their contribution to the act? Are individuals responsible for actions done by their group even when they don’t contribute to the outcome? Can a corporation or institution be held morally responsible apart from the responsibility of its members?

The Handbook’s 34 chapters—all appearing here for the first time and written by an international team of experts—are organized into four parts:

Part I: Foundations of Collective Responsibility

Part II: Theoretical Issues in Collective Responsibility

Part III: Domains of Collective Responsibility

Part IV: Applied Issues in Collective Responsibility

Each part begins with a short introduction that provides an overview of issues and debates within that area and a brief summary of its chapters. In addition, a comprehensive index allows readers to better navigate the entirety of the volume’s contents. The result is the first major work in the field that serves as an instructional aid for those in advanced undergraduate courses and graduate seminars, as well as a reference for scholars interested in learning more about collective responsibility.

Table of Contents


Part I: Foundations ​of​ ​Collective​ ​Responsibility

1. Types of Collectives and Responsibility Peter A. French

2. Collective Moral Responsibility and What Follows for Group Members Margaret Gilbert and Maura Priest

3. Collective Moral Responsibility as Joint Moral Responsibility Seumas Miller

4. What Sets the Boundaries of Our Responsibility? Carol Rovane

5. A We-mode Account of Group Action and Group Responsibility Raimo Tuomela and Pekka Mäkelä

6. From Individual to Collective Responsibility: There and Back Again Kirk Ludwig

7. Collective Obligations and the Point of Morality David Copp

8. Assembling the Elephant: Attending to the Metaphysics of Corporate Agents Kendy Hess

9. Collective Responsibility and Collective Obligations without Collective Moral Agents Gunnar Björnsson

10. Collective Responsibility and Acting Together Olle Blomberg and Frank Hindriks

Part II: Theoretical Issues in ​Collective​ ​Responsibility

11. Complicity and Collective Responsibility Gregory Mellema

12. Radical Collective Responsibility and Plural Self-Awareness Hans Bernhard Schmid

13. Commitments and Collective Responsibility Caroline T. Arruda

14. Collective Inaction and Collective Epistemic Agency Michael D. Doan

15. Shared Responsibility and Failures to Prevent Harm Shannon Fyfe

16. Collective Guilt Feelings Bjorn Petersson

17. Collective Responsibility and Entitlement to Collective Reasons for Action Abraham Sesshu Roth

18. The Possibility of Collective Moral Obligations Anne Schwenkenbecher

19. Individual Responsibility for Collective Action Michael Skerker

20. Collective Responsibility and the Role of Narrative Cassie Striblen

21. The Discursive Dilemma and Collective Responsibility Andras Szigeti

22. Bystanders and Shared Responsibility Linda Radzik

Part III Domains of Collective Responsibility

23. Collective Responsibility and International Relations Stephanie Collins

24. Competing Collective Values: Moral and Causal Responsibilities in Health Care Robin Downie

25. Collective Responsibility and Fraud in Scientific Communities Bryce Huebner and Liam Kofi Bright

26. Collective Action and the Criminal Law Christopher Kutz

27. Collective Responsibility in the State Avia Pasternak

28. Shared Responsibility for Corporate Wrongdoing Amy J. Sepinwall

29. Corporate Moral Responsibility and the Expectation of Autonomy Jeffery Smith and Wim Dubbink

Part IV: Applied Issues in Collective Responsibility

30. Responsibility for Shared Action in War Saba Bazargan-Forward

31. Collective Duties of Beneficence Violetta Igneski

32. Are States Responsible for Climate Change in Their Own Right? Holly Lawford-Smith and Anton Eriksson

33. Conspiracy Theories and Collective Responsibility Juha Räikkä

34. Enabling Collective Responsibility for Environmental Justice Kenneth Shockley

About the Editors

Saba Bazargan-Forward is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of California, San Diego. He works on issues in normative ethics, including complicity, defensive violence, war-ethics, and the morality of benefitting from injustice. He is currently authoring a book on individual responsibility for cooperatively committed harms.

Deborah Tollefsen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. She is the author of more than 40 articles on topics such as group agency, group epistemology, and collective responsibility, as well as the book, Groups as Agents (2015).

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