Stephanie Collins, ‘Collective Responsibility Gaps’

Abstract
Which kinds of responsibility can we attribute to which kinds of collective, and why? In contrast, which kinds of collective responsibility can we not attribute – which kinds are ‘gappy’? This study provides a framework for answering these questions. It begins by distinguishing between three kinds of collective (diffuse, teleological, and agential) and three kinds of responsibility (causal, moral, and prospective). It then explains how gaps – ie cases where we cannot attribute the responsibility we might want to – appear to arise within each type of collective responsibility. It argues some of these gaps do not exist on closer inspection, at least for some collectives and some of the time.

Stephanie Collins, Collective Responsibility Gaps, Journal of Business Ethics. First Online: 4 May 2018.

First posted 2018-05-05 08:20:11

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