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The Myth of Innocence: On collective Responsibility and Collective Punishment
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2007 (English)In: Philosophical Papers, Vol. 36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Collectivities, just like individuals, exist, can act, bear responsibility for their acts and omissions, and be guilty. It sometimes makes sense to hold them responsible for what they do, or don't do, and to punish them for their misdeeds. With respect to many collectivities there is no practical purpose in holding them responsible, since there is not way that we can bring them to justice. But there are exceptions from this rule. In particular it is plausible to assume that sanctions against entire nations or peoples or populations living in open and democratic states may be an effective means to setting them straight where, collectively, they act wrongly. The best present example of this seems to be the Israelis.

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2007. Vol. 36
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collective responsibility, collective punishment, utilitarianism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-10205OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-10205DiVA: diva2:176724
Available from: 2007-12-21 Created: 2007-12-21 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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