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Equality and Responsibility$
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Christopher Lake

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199241740.001.0001

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Responsibility and Justice

Responsibility and Justice

(p.22) 2 Responsibility and Justice
Equality and Responsibility

Christopher Lake

Oxford University Press

Ch. 2 unpacks the notion of responsibility. It begins by pointing to the different senses in which people are said to be responsible for things and then goes on to examine why our responsibility for something matters in assessing the claims we advance. As part of this, two distinctions are drawn: between instrumental and non‐instrumental accounts of responsibility and between arguments about responsibility as these apply to individuals considered in isolation and as these apply to the regulation of relations between individuals.

Keywords:   capacity responsibility, claims, expensive tastes, individuals, liability responsibility, regulation, role responsibility, self‐direction

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