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Complicity Ethics and Law for a Collective Age

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ISBN-10: 0521039703

ISBN-13: 9780521039703

Edition: N/A

Authors: Christopher Kutz

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We live in a morally flawed world. Our lives are complicated by what other people do, and by the harms that flow from our social, economic and political institutions. Our relations as individuals to these collective harms constitute the domain of complicity. This book examines the relationship between collective responsibility and individual guilt. It presents a rigorous philosophical account of the nature of our relations to the social groups in which we participate, and uses that account in a discussion of contemporary moral theory. Christopher Kutz shows that the two prevailing theories of moral philosophy, Kantianism and consequentialism, both have difficulties resolving problems of…    
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List price: $83.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144

Christopher Kutz is Professor of Law in the Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program at the University of California-Berkeley's School of Law; he has also taught at Columbia and Stanford Law Schools, and Sciences-Politiques, Paris. Kutz's work focuses on moral, political, and legal philosophy, and he has particular interest in the foundations of criminal, international and constitutional law. His book, _Complicity: Ethics and Law for a Collective Age, (Cambridge University Press, 2000), addressed the question of individual moral and legal responsibility for harms brought about through collective and corporate activity. His current work centers on democratic theory, the law of war, the…    

The Deep Structure of Individual Accountability
Social accountability as an example of the fundamentally relational nature of accountability
The relational bases of moral accountability: conduct, consequences, and character
A complication: the dynamics of accountability
The irreducibility of accountability
Ethical functionalism without consequentialism
Nietzsche's challenge
Legal accountability and the limits of response
Acting Together
Methodology: generality, reducibility, and functionalism
Collective action as intentional participation
The contributory content of participatory intentions
The reducibility of collective action to individual intention
Collective action: the minimalist approach
Participation and the perspective of command
Ascribing collective actions
Attributing collective intentions
Moral Accountability and Collective Action
Common sense and the disappearance of moral accountability: Dresden
The inadequacy of moral theory to collective wrongdoing: individual consequentialism
The incompatibility of collective consequentialism and individual accountability
Kantian universalization and marginal contributions
Understanding collective action and individual accountability
Complicitous Accountability
Whether complicit actors are less culpable than direct actors
Problematic Accountability: Facilitation, Unstructured Collective Harm, and Organizational Dysfunction
Complicity without participation
Collective accountability and holistic responses
Complicity, Conspiracy, and Shareholder Liability
Epistemic constraints upon legal accountability
Criminal complicity doctrine and the scope of liability
Justifying complicitous accountability
Against the limited civil liability of shareholders
Conclusion: Accountability and the Possibility of Community