Collectives' and individuals' obligations: A parity argument

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Collins, Stephanie and Lawford-Smith, Holly. (2016). Collectives' and individuals' obligations: A parity argument. Canadian Journal of Philosophy. 46(1), pp. 38 - 58. https://doi.org/10.1080/00455091.2015.1116350
AuthorsCollins, Stephanie and Lawford-Smith, Holly
Abstract

Individuals have various kinds of obligations: keep promises, don’t cause harm, return benefits received from injustices, be partial to loved ones, help the needy and so on. How does this work for group agents? There are two questions here. The first is whether groups can bear the same kinds of obligations as individuals. The second is whether groups’ pro tanto obligations plug into what they all-things-considered ought to do to the same degree that individuals’ pro tanto obligations plug into what they all-things-considered ought to do. We argue for parity on both counts.

KeywordsCollective obligation; collective responsibility; individual obligation; group agency; demandingness; promises; wrongdoing; benefit; beneficence; associative obligation
Year2016
JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
Journal citation46 (1), pp. 38 - 58
PublisherTaylor & Francis Australasia
ISSN0045-5091
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00455091.2015.1116350
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84948750886
Page range38 - 58
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
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