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J. R. Lucas


Responsibility is a key concept in our moral, social, and political thinking, but is not itself properly understood. This book elucidates it in terms of answerability—the obligation to answer the question ‘Why did you do it?’ It develops this account to include negative responsibility—‘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, the book points out potential conflicts between them within our ideal of responsible government. It exposes the flaws in consequentiali ... More

Keywords: responsibility, answerability, political, conflicts, responsible, government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198235781
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. R. Lucas, author
Merton College, Oxford