Journal of Social Philosophy 27 (1):189-207 (1996)

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David T. Risser
University of Maryland University College
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This article provides a justification for holding complex organizations morally responsible and shows how this moral dimension is implicit in the concept of power. Several objections to organizational moral responsibility are addressed, and a new view of complex organizations as agents which are morally responsible, but do not possess moral rights, is defended.
Keywords internal decision structure  methodological holism  nonreductive group moral responsibility  organizational moral agency  descriptive emergentism  individual responsibility for organizational action  moral status of organizational agents
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9833.1996.tb00234.x
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