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Publication date2012
Host publicationEncyclopedia of Applied Ethics
EditorsRuth Chadwick
Place of PublicationSan Diego
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-373632-1
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Discusses what is involved in describing a person as responsible: she has responsibilities that she is duty-bound to undertake, and may be held responsible when she fails to fulfill these. Considers why societies and organizations divide responsibilities between persons. Also considers how questions of responsibility arise in the spheres of morality, law, organizational life and politics, and how different modes of holding responsible may be appropriate in each. Concludes with a brief discussion of some questions about collective responsibility.