Collective Obligations: Their Existence, Their Explanatory Power, and Their Supervenience on the Obligations of Individuals

European Journal of Philosophy 24 (2):472-497 (2016)
Abstract
In this paper I discuss a number of different relationships between two kinds of (moral) obligation: those which have individuals as their subject, and those which have groups of individuals as their subject. I use the name collective obligations to refer to obligations of the second sort. I argue that there are collective obligations, in this sense; that such obligations can give rise to and explain obligations which fall on individuals; that because of these facts collective obligations are not simply reducible to individual obligations; and that collective obligations supervene on individual obligations, without being reducible to them. The sort of supervenience I have in mind here is what is sometimes called ‘global supervenience’. In other words, there cannot be two worlds which differ in respect of the collective obligations which exist in them without also differing in respect of the individual obligations which exist in them.
Keywords Collective Obligation  Supervenience  Reduction
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2016
DOI 10.1111/ejop.12076
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
The Scientific Image.C. Van Fraassen Bas - 1980 - Oxford University Press.
Supervenience and Mind.Jaegwon Kim - 1993 - Cambridge University Press.

View all 19 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Joint Moral Duties.Anne Schwenkenbecher - 2014 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 38 (1):58-74.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Needs, Rights, and Collective Obligations.Bill Wringe - 2005 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 80 (57):187-.
Parental Obligation.Nellie Wieland - 2011 - Utilitas 23 (03):249-267.
The Feasibility of Collectives' Actions.Holly Lawford-Smith - 2012 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (3):453-467.
Rational and Moral Obligations.Sadeq Larijani - 2007 - Topoi 26 (2):231-245.
Does Obligation Diminish with Distance?Gillian Brock - 2005 - Ethics, Place and Environment 8 (1):3 – 20.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2013-02-25

Total downloads

429 ( #5,336 of 2,171,709 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

50 ( #4,418 of 2,171,709 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums