On Responsibility

On Responsibility

On Responsibility

On Responsibility

Excerpt

In this book my topic is "responsibility." I explore such questions as: What is it to be a responsible person? When (and why) is a person said to be morally responsible for something? How does one become responsible ? How is one to be excused from responsibility ? In this first chapter I must make some over-all comments about the way I have gone about these explorations and about my results. My remarks here constitute, in effect, an attempt to say what in the other chapters I have in fact done. Without these remarks, the remaining chapters may appear to be merely a collection of independently published essays on quite a variety of topics. They do indeed constitute such a collection, but taken as a group they embody and exhibit certain fundamental theses regarding responsibility. What these theses are, and how they form a deep unity, I shall proceed shortly to say; the reader will, I believe, then easily see as he proceeds that the essays do exhibit the theses I shall here state.

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