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What is Collective Responsibility?

Mellor, R; (2017) What is Collective Responsibility? Masters thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis attempts to answer the following question; does an understanding of collective responsibility require different conceptual resources to those employed in an account of singular responsibility? I argue that the answer to this question can be ‘no’. I do so by assuming a particular theory of singular responsibility. I then argue that collective responsibility, in its various forms, is consistent with this theory. The thesis is divided into four chapters. Chapter 1 presents the central problem of the thesis and gives a preliminary discussion of responsibility and plurals. In Chapter 2 I discuss two notions of collective responsibility; collective responsibility as several responsibility and collective responsibility as corporate responsibility. Chapter 3 discusses a third possible notion of collective responsibility; collective responsibility as plural responsibility. In Chapter 4 I present some cases in which collective responsibility as plural responsibility might occur.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: What is Collective Responsibility?
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Collective responsibility, collective action, collective agents, reasons
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1558320
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