Collective responsibility and duties to respond

Social Theory and Practice 27 (3):455-471 (2001)
This paper defends the claim that collective responsibility can be based on group membership. It argues that collective responsibility is best understood in terms of duties to respond to the victims of collective crimes. Reasonable fear on the part of the victimized groups creates duties to respond for members of the perpetrating group. This account does a better job of capturing our intuitions about actual cases and the phenomenology of collective responsibility than other accounts currently on offer. It also offers us a justification of collective responsibility judgments that is compatible with the separateness of persons
Keywords collective responsibility  collective guilt  punishment  reparations  group wrongdoing  group responsibility
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DOI 10.5840/soctheorpract20012735
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