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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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What We Are Responsible for

What We Are Responsible for

(p.43) 3 What We Are Responsible for
Equality and Responsibility

Christopher Lake

Oxford University Press

Ch. 3 moves on from the question of why responsibility matters to that of what we are responsible for. It asks what a political, rather than a metaphysical, account of responsibility demands in terms of its preconditions and assesses attributions of responsibility on the basis of claims about volition and affirmation. From there, it moves on to examine claims about responsibility, as these are made in the context of principles of equal opportunity.

Keywords:   affirmation, equal opportunity, metaphysical responsibility, political responsibility, preconditions, volition

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