Future‐Looking Collective Responsibility: A Preliminary Analysis

Midwest Studies in Philosophy 38 (1):1-11 (2014)
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How can we make sense of future-looking collective responsibility? What is its moral basis and how -- under what conditions -- can we ascribe it to particular groups? I address these questions below and, in doing so, argue that in ascribing future-looking collective responsibility we need to bring claims of backward-looking (causal) responsibility together with judgments of fairness, practicality, and group identity.

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