Responsibility

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byJ. R. Lucas

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Responsibility is a key concept in our moral, social and political thinking, but is not itself properly understood. In this book J R Lucas elucidates it in terms of answerability - the obligation to answer the question 'Why did you do it?' He develops this account to include negativeresponsiblity - 'Why did you not do something about it?' - and share responsibility, which together yield the rationale of political responsibility. In disentangling these two strands of argument, he points out potential conflicts between them within our ideal of responsible government. He exposesthe flaws in consequentialism generally, and the utilitarian theory of punishment in particular, and argues for the insights of retributive theories but without the vindictiveness. He devotes separate chapters to rewards, money and personal relations, outlines the fundamental principles of businessand professional ethics, and finally touches on those issues that go beyond responsibility altogether.

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Responsibility is a key concept in our moral, social and political thinking, but is not itself properly understood. In this book J R Lucas elucidates it in terms of answerability - the obligation to answer the question 'Why did you do it?' He develops this account to include negativeresponsiblity - 'Why did you not do something about ...

J. R. Lucas is at Merton College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019823578X

ISBN - 13:9780198235781

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`This book ranges, with an accomplished rumbustiousness, over many concerns ... The book is handsomely produced, with a full index ... This is a book which prompts, provokes, encourages and repays engagement.'Studies in Christian Ethics