Complicity and Moral Accountability

2016.08.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gregory Mellema, Complicity and Moral Accountability, University of Notre Dame Press, 2016, 163pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.08.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gregory Mellema, Complicity and Moral Accountability, University of Notre Dame Press, 2016, 163pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780268035396. Reviewed by John Gardner, University of Oxford Gregory Mellema’s short and lively book on the ethics of complicity, while decidedly a work of analytical philosophy, is ‘aimed at an audience that includes nonphilosophers’ (14). It has no notes, a limited bibliography, and thirteen bite-sized chapters. For the most part I found it easy and fun to read, powered as it is by piquant examples of everyday wrongdoing involving multiple agents. The primary and official focus of the book, as its title suggests, is on the situation in which wrongdoing by one agent (the ‘principal’, in this review ‘P’) is supported by another (the ‘accomplice’, in this review ‘A’). However, the book also attends (especially in chs 3 and 6) to some cases of collective or group agency which are not. . .

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