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The Routledge Handbook of Collective Responsibility

ISBN 9781138092242
Published April 27, 2020 by Routledge
538 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 35 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

Introduction  1. Types of Collectives and Responsibility  2. Collective Moral Responsibility and What Follows for Group Members  3. Collective Moral Responsibility as Joint Moral Responsibility  4. What Sets the Boundaries of Our Responsibility?  5. A We-mode Account of Group Action and Group Responsibility  6. From Individual to Collective Responsibility: There and Back Again  7. Collective Obligations and the Point of Morality  8. Assembling the Elephant: Attending to the Metaphysics of Corporate Agents  9. Collective Responsibility and Collective Obligations without Collective Moral Agents  10. Collective Responsibility and Acting Together  11. Complicity and Collective Responsibility  12. Radical Collective Responsibility and Plural Self-Awareness  13. Commitments and Collective Responsibility  14. Collective Inaction and Collective Epistemic Agency  15. Shared Responsibility and Failures to Prevent Harm  16. Collective Guilt Feelings  17. Collective Responsibility and Entitlement to Collective Reasons for Action  18. The Possibility of Collective Moral Obligations  19. Individual Responsibility for Collective Action  20. Collective Responsibility and the Role of Narrative  21. The Discursive Dilemma and Collective Responsibility  22. Bystanders and Shared Responsibility  23. Collective Responsibility and International Relations  24. Competing Collective Values: Moral and Causal Responsibilities in Health Care  25. Collective Responsibility and Fraud in Scientific Communities  26. Collective Action and the Criminal Law  27. Collective Responsibility in the State  28. Shared Responsibility for Corporate Wrongdoing  29. Corporate Moral Responsibility and the Expectation of Autonomy  30. Responsibility for Shared Action in War  31. Collective Duties of Beneficence  32. Are States Responsible for Climate Change in Their Own Right?  33. Conspiracy Theories and Collective Responsibility  34. Enabling Collective Responsibility for Environmental Justice 35. Institutional Racism and Individual Responsibility

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Saba Bazargan-Forward is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, USA. 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, USA. 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).