Moral Responsibility and the Problem of Many Hands

2015.11.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ibo van de Poel, Lambèr Royakkers, and Sjoerd D. Zwart, Moral Responsibility and the Problem of Many Hands, Routledge, 2015,
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2015.11.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ibo van de Poel, Lambèr Royakkers, and Sjoerd D. Zwart, Moral Responsibility and the Problem of Many Hands, Routledge, 2015, 226pp., $145.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138838550. Reviewed by Diane Jeske, University of Iowa The problem of how to assign moral responsibility when large groups of people, organized or unorganized, wrongfully cause some harm is pervasive in our world given the ubiquitous nature of large organizations such as corporations, nations, universities, etc. Ibo van de Poel, Lambèr Royakkers, Sjoerd D. Zwart, and their fellow authors, characterize the problem of many hands (PMH) as "the occurrence of the situation in which the collective can reasonably be held morally responsible for an outcome, whereas none of the individuals can reasonably be held morally responsible for that outcome" (5). Their aim is to develop a conceptual framework for moral responsibility in cases where the PMH arises that. . .

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