1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Responsibility

Edited By Maximilian Kiener Copyright 2024

    The philosophical inquiry of responsibility is a major and fast-growing field. It not only features questions around free will and moral agency but also addresses various challenges in the social, institutional, and legal contexts in which people are being held responsible.

    The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Responsibility is an outstanding survey and exploration of these issues. Comprised of forty-one chapters by an international team of contributors, the Handbook is divided into three clear parts – on the history, the theory, and the practice of responsibility – within which the following key topics are examined:

    • responsibility and wrongdoing
    • responsibility and determinism
    • the scope of responsibility
    • the responsibility of individuals within society
    • the concepts of responsibility
    • the conditions and challenges of responsibility
    • the practices of being and holding responsible
    • the ethics and politics of responsibility
    • responsibility in the law

    Including suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Responsibility provides an extremely useful guide to the topic. It will be valuable reading for students and researchers in philosophy and applied ethics, as well as for those in related fields such as politics, law, and policymaking.

    Introduction Maximilian Kiener

    Part 1: The History of Responsibility

    Section 1: Responsibility and Wrongdoing

    1. Plato on Vice Marcel van Ackeren

    2. Hegel on Guilt Mark Alznauer

    Section 2: Responsibility and Determinism

    3. The Stoics: What Kind of Responsibility is Compatible with Divine Providence? Rachana Kamtekar

    4. Hobbes Against Bramhall: Moral Responsibility, Free Will, and Mechanistic Determination Thomas Pink

    5. Hume on Free Will and Moral Responsibility Peter Millican

    6. Sidgwick on Free Will and Ethics Anthony Skelton

    Section 3: The Scope of Responsibility

    7. Aristotle on Legal and Moral Responsibility: Interpretation and Reform Terence Irwin

    8. Kant on Absolute Responsibility and Transcendental Freedom David Sussman

    Section 4: Individuals and Society

    9. Responsibility in Confucian Thought David Wong

    10. Aquinas on Holding Others to Blame Jeffrey Hause

    Part 2: The Theory of Responsibility

    Section 5: The Concepts of Responsibility

    11. Responsibility and Agency Maria Alvarez

    12. Responsibility and Causation Alex Kaiserman

    13. Responsibility and The Deep Self Monika Betzler

    14. Responsibility and Emotion Andreas Carlsson

    15. Varieties of Answerability Maximilian Kiener

    Section 6: The Conditions and Challenges of Responsibility

    16. The Consequences of Incompatibilism Patrick Todd

    17. Free Will and The Case for Compatibilism Carolina Sartorio

    18. Deliberation and the Possibility of Skepticism Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette

    19. Responsibility and Manipulation Massimo Renzo

    20. Responsibility and Coercion Carla Bagnoli

    21. Ignorance and the Epistemic Condition Daniel Miller

    22. Moral Competence and Mental Disorder Lubomira Radoilska

    23. Excuse, Capacity and Convention David Owens

    Part 3: The Practice of Responsibility

    Section 7: Being and Holding Responsible

    24. Blaming Leonhard Menges

    25. Communicating Praise Daniel Telech

    26. The Standing to Blame Matt King

    27. Apology and Forgiveness Andrea Westlund

    28. Taking Responsibility Elinor Mason

    29. Responsibility Without Blame Bruce Waller

    30. Holding Responsible in the African Tradition: Reconciliation Applied to Punishment, Compensation, and Trials Thaddeus Metz

    Section 8: The Ethics and Politics of Responsibility

    31. Artificial Intelligence and the Imperative of Responsibility: Reconceiving AI Governance as Social Care Shannon Vallor and Bhargavi Ganesh

    32. Moral Responsibility for Historical Injustice Michael Schefczyk

    33. Corporate Digital Responsibility Alexander Filipović

    34. Reckless Complicity: International Banks and Future Climate Henry Shue

    35. Responsibility and Gender Paula Casal

    Section 9: Responsibility in the Law

    36. Legal and Moral Responsibility Peter Cane

    37. The Voluntary Act Requirement in Criminal Law John Hyman

    38. Strict Liability and Strict Responsibility Antony Duff

    39. Responsibility and Pre-Trial Detention Kim Ferzan

    40. Responsibility for Others Jenny Steele

    41. Legitimate Divergence Between Moral and Criminal Blame Alexander Sarch.



    Maximilian Kiener is a Junior Professor of Philosophy and Ethics in Technology at Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, and an Associate Member of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, UK. He specialises in moral and legal philosophy, with a particular focus on consent, responsibility, and artificial intelligence. His book Voluntary Consent: Theory and Practice is also published by Routledge.