1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Collective Responsibility

Edited By Saba Bazargan-Forward, Deborah Tollefsen Copyright 2020
    538 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    538 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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).