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Mitchell T. Kaufman
PHIL 301
Seattle Campus

Intermediate Topics in Philosophy

Philosophical topics at the intermediate level. Content varies each quarter, depending on instructor.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

Previous course in philosophy required.

Class assignments and grading

Short reading-response papers and a final paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mitchell T. Kaufman
Date: 05/23/2013