Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2006)

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Garrath Williams
Lancaster University
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We evaluate people and groups as responsible or not, depending on how seriously they take their responsibilities. Often we do this informally, via moral judgment. Sometimes we do this formally, for instance in legal judgment. This article considers mainly moral responsibility, and focuses largely upon individuals. Later sections also comment on the relation between legal and moral responsibility, and on the responsibility of collectives.
Keywords Responsibility  ethics  morality  autonomy
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