Collectives’ and individuals’ obligations: a parity argument

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46 (1):38-58 (2016)
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Holly Lawford-Smith
University of Melbourne
Stephanie Collins
Australian Catholic University
Abstract
Individuals have various kinds of obligations: keep promises, don’t cause harm, return benefits received from injustices, be partial to loved ones, help the needy and so on. How does this work for group agents? There are two questions here. The first is whether groups can bear the same kinds of obligations as individuals. The second is whether groups’ pro tanto obligations plug into what they all-things-considered ought to do to the same degree that individuals’ pro tanto obligations plug into what they all-things-considered ought to do. We argue for parity on both counts
Keywords Group obligations  Individual obligations  Demandingness  Associative obligations  Decision-making procedure  Beneficiary obligations  Promissory obligations  Rectificatory obligations
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DOI 10.1080/00455091.2015.1116350
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