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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Collective Responsibility

ISBN 9781032236667
Published December 13, 2021 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


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 M. 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  Björn 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  András 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

35. Institutional Racism and Individual Responsibility  Michael O. Hardimon

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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).