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Essays in Philosophy

Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2009
Collective Responsibility

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Jessica B. Payson Moral Dilemmas and Collective Responsibilities
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In this paper, I work within Ruth Marcus’s account of the source of moral dilemmas and articulate the implications of her theory for collective responsibility. As an extension to Marcus’s work, I explore what her account means for the moral emotions and responsibilities of those complicit in perpetuating unjust systems of a non-ideal world from which moral dilemmas arise. This move necessitates shifting away from the primacy of control. That one is born into unjust systems one had no hand in establishing does not excuse one from responsibility to mend them. Similarly, even if one’s personal contribution in the perpetuation of unjust systems is negligible – the injustices would continue whether one participated or not, and one’s resistance would do little-to-nothing – one nevertheless retains responsibility. This expanded sense of responsibility necessitates a specialized sort of moral emotion – one that, like agent-regret or tragic-remorse, transcends the criterion of agentic control, but nevertheless can be classified neither as agent-regret nor tragic-remorse.
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Joseph Levine Collective Responsibility and the Individual
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A. M. Ungar Review of Truth and Predication, by Donald Davidson
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Miguel Martinez-Saenz Review of Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers? by Zygmunt Bauman
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Steven Ross Review of In the Beginning Was the Deed: Realism and Moralism in Political Argument, by Bernard Williams
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Peter H. Denton Review of Moral Disquiet and Human Life, by Monique Canto-Sperber, trans. Silvia Pavel
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Michael Corrado Review of Freedom and Determinism, ed. Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O’Rourke, and David Shier
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