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Moral Responsibility in Collective Contexts$
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Tracy Isaacs

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199782963

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782963.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Moral Responsibility in Collective Contexts
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Tracy Isaacs

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782963.003.0000

The Introduction sketches four cases: genocide in Rwanda, the Canadian Red Cross’s mishandling of Canada’s blood supply in the 1970s and 1980s in the “tainted blood scandal,” global warming, and participation in widespread wrongful social practice. This chapter distinguishes collective wrongdoing, which requires collective agency, from collective harm, which does not. All four cases require a collective analysis, but only the first two involve collective agency. The chapter introduces the idea that there are two levels of moral responsibility, the individual and the collective, and that an adequate analysis of responsibility in collective action requires attention to both. It outlines some philosophical background about moral responsibility, and distinguishes moral responsibility from legal and causal responsibility. It calls for hope: the book will not only to help us think about deeds already done, but also to provide a forward-looking framework for thinking about solutions to collective moral problems.

Keywords:   genocide, tainted blood, collective responsibility, individual responsibility, moral responsibility, collective moral problems

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