Collective Responsibility Gaps

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Collins, Stephanie. (2019). Collective Responsibility Gaps. Journal of Business Ethics. 154(4), pp. 943 - 954. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-018-3890-6
AuthorsCollins, Stephanie
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—i.e. 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.

KeywordsCollective responsibility; Collective agency; Responsibility gaps; Causation; Blame; Duty
Year2019
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Journal citation154 (4), pp. 943 - 954
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
ISSN0167-4544
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-018-3890-6
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85046401255
Open accessOpen access
Page range943 - 954
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
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Place of publicationNetherlands
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