Moral Responsibility of Public Officials: The Problem of Many Hands

@inproceedings{Thompson1980MoralRO,
  title={Moral Responsibility of Public Officials: The Problem of Many Hands},
  author={Dennis F. Thompson},
  year={1980}
}
That many different officials contribute in many different ways to decisions and policies in the modern state makes it difficult to ascribe moral responsibility to any official. The usual responses to this problem-based on concepts of hierarchical and collective responsibility-distort the notion of responsibility. The idea of personal responsibility-based on causal and volitional criteria-constitutes a better approach to the problem of ascribing responsibility to public officials. Corresponding… CONTINUE READING

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