Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Responsibility and Distributive Justice$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Carl Knight and Zofia Stemplowska

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565801

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565801.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 March 2019

The Public Ecology of Responsibility 1

The Public Ecology of Responsibility 1

Chapter:
(p.187) 9 The Public Ecology of Responsibility1
Source:
Responsibility and Distributive Justice
Author(s):

Susan Hurley

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565801.003.0010

What is the appropriate role of government in avoiding harms by means of influencing citizens' behaviour? How does individual responsibility enter into the answer? Traditional liberalism's answer to this question assumes the priority of private responsibility. This chapter examines a naturalistic challenge to this assumption. Work in the cognitive sciences suggests that individual responsibility is not prior to the public realm, so cannot independently parameterize the limits of the public realm. Rather, individual responsibility has a public ecology. The capacity for responsible action assumed by liberalism isn't simply a given, but has social and political conditions. As a result, we need to revise our understanding of liberalism. A progressive social liberalism should serve the public good within the public ecology of responsibility in ways that counter manipulation and support the rationality and responsibility of citizens. Such an ecological conception of liberalism is not a way of abandoning liberalism, but a way of revitalizing and strengthening it for the future.

Keywords:   liberalism, responsibility, rationality, public ecology, public realm, citizens

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .