Moral Responsibility in Collective Contexts

Hardcover | June 10, 2011

byTracy Isaacs

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Genocide, global warming, organizational negligence, and oppressive social practices are four examples of moral contexts in which the interplay between individuals and collectives complicate how we are to understand moral responsibility. Moral Responsibility in Collective Contexts is aphilosophical investigation of the complex moral landscape we find in collective situations such as these. Tracy Isaacs argues that an accurate understanding of moral responsibility in collective contexts requires attention to responsibility at the individual and collective levels. Part One establishes the normative significance of collective responsibility. Isaacs argues that collective responsibility is indispensible to providing a morally adequate account of collective actions such as genocide, and that without it even individual responsibility in genocide would not makesense. Isaacs explains the concepts of collective intention and collective intentional action, provides accounts of collective moral responsibility and collective guilt, and defends collective responsibility against objections, including the objection that collective responsibility holds someresponsible for the actions of others. Part Two focuses on individual responsibility in collective contexts. Isaacs claims that individuals are not morally responsible for collective actions as such, but they can be responsible in collective actions for the parts they play. She argues that the concept of collective obligation can helpto address large scale global challenges such as global warming, environmental degradation, and widespread poverty and malnutrition. Finally, Isaacs discusses cases of widespread ignorance and participation in wrongful social practice, whether it constitutes an excuse, and how to effect socialchange in those conditions.

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Genocide, global warming, organizational negligence, and oppressive social practices are four examples of moral contexts in which the interplay between individuals and collectives complicate how we are to understand moral responsibility. Moral Responsibility in Collective Contexts is aphilosophical investigation of the complex moral l...

Tracy Isaacs is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 5.79 × 8.39 × 0.98 inPublished:June 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199782962

ISBN - 13:9780199782963

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ContentsIntroductionPart One: Collective Moral Responsibility1. Intentional Collective Action2. Collective Moral Responsibility3. Collective GuiltPart Two: Individual Moral Responsibility in Collective Contexts4. Individual Responsibility for (and in) Collective Wrongs5. Collective Obligation, Individual Obligation, and Individual Moral Responsibility6. Individual Moral Responsibility in Wrongful Social PracticeConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex