Mitchell T. Kaufman
Philosophical topics at the intermediate level. Content varies each quarter, depending on instructor.
Collective and Corporate Moral Responsibility. This course will focus on issues of group responsibility and individual responsibility within groups such as social, religious, and ethnic communities, formal organizations, corporations, and states. Some central issues we will address are: the nature of joint commitments and joint action, the difference between individual, collective, and corporate responsibility, whether corporations are moral persons that bear responsibility, the conditions under which an individual group member may be responsible for a group action (even if she did not participate), and whether states can be held collectively or corporately responsible.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion.
Previous course in philosophy required.
Class assignments and grading
Short reading-response papers and a final paper.