Responsibility Matters

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Most of us spend a fair amount of time trying to avoid responsibility. That's not too astounding. What is surprising, says Peter French, is that we tend to dodge the good variety as well as the bad.

"The problem for most of us, excepting moral masochists, is that responsibility does get doled," he writes. "The strategy is either not to be in the receiving line or to find a way to get as little dumped on one's plate as possible, to trade off to others as much as one can. Consequently, the responsibility barter game is probably the most common experience ordinary people have with morality."

In Responsibility Matters, French investigates a variety of matters relating to responsibility-from theoretical aspects and elements of the concept of responsibility to specific areas of application and general issues in moral theory. Unlike Kant and others who see responsibility as a necessary presupposition of practical life, he believes it is a set of practices that we use to describe and understand individual and social behavior.

Using examples from literature, film, and current events as well as traditional philosophical literature, he raises questions about responsibility in political, environmental, legal, medical, corporate, and military justice matters. He also covers other issues, including fate, innocence, power, control, and individual and group responsibility.

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"This is a well-written, inventive and often delightful book that breaks new ground in some awfully well-trodden and often tedious territory. I love how French draws on movies, literature, and ordinary conversation to set up and sometimes help resolve philosophical discussions. His use of literature is excellent-Dickens on space and time, for example-and his philosophical follow-ups are challenging. This book will cause a stir and excite some real discussion."—Robert C. Solomon, author of Passion for Justice: Emotion and the Origins of the Social Contract.
French (humanities and philosophy, Trinity U.) investigates a variety of matters relating to responsibility--from theoretical aspects and elements of the concept of responsibility to specific areas of application and general issues in moral theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700606269
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents



1. Principles of Responsibility Ascription and the Responsibility Barter Game

2. Responsibility, Retaliation, and Tit for Tat

3. Losing Innocence for the Sake of Responsibility

4. Fate and Responsibility

5. Time, Space, and Shame

6. Power, Control. and Group Situations: And Then There Were None?

7. The Responsibility of Inactive Fictive Groups for Great Social Problems

8. Hobbes and the Hobbits: A Short Excursion into British Literary Foundations for a Lesson in Political Responsibility

9. The Wasteland: Whose Responsibility?

10. Exorcising the Demon of Cultural Relativism

11. Moral Responsibility and Heroism

12. The Burke of a Mill

13. Law's Concept of Personhood: The Corporate and the Human Person

14. Better Off Unborn?

15. Faustian Bargains

16. Enforced Corporate Responsive Adjustment

17. The Responsibilities of Military Law, or How to Make Military Justice Just

18. Dinner with Auden



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