By (author) J. R. Lucas
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Responsibility by J. R. Lucas
Book DescriptionResponsibility is a key concept in our moral, social and political thinking, but is not itself properly understood. In this book J R Lucas elucidates it in terms of answerability - the obligation to answer the question 'Why did you do it?' He develops this account to include negative responsiblity - 'Why did you not do something about it?' - and share responsibility, which together yield the rationale of political responsibility. In disentangling these two strands of argument, he points out potential conflicts between them within our ideal of responsible government. He exposes the flaws in consequentialism generally, and the utilitarian theory of punishment in particular, and argues for the insights of retributive theories but without the vindictiveness. He devotes separate chapters to rewards, money and personal relations, outlines the fundamental principles of business and professional ethics, and finally touches on those issues that go beyond responsibility altogether.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198235781
(217mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-May-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. R. Lucas
Principles of Politics, Paperback (September 1985)
The Principles of Politics
Space, Time and Causality, Hardback (March 1985)
Space, Time and Causality An Essay in Natural Philosophy
Freedom of the Will, Hardback (September 1970)» View all books by J. R. Lucas
The author, who pioneered this argument in 1961, here places it in the context of traditional discussions of the problem, and answers various criticisms that have been made.
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