Universität Wien FIND

180062 PS Collective Responsibility (2020W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 45 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 12.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Montag 19.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Montag 09.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Montag 16.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Montag 23.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Montag 30.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Montag 07.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Montag 14.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Montag 11.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Montag 18.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Montag 25.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In this pro-seminar we will delve deep into the contemporary debate in analytic philosophy on collective responsibility. It is normal in our everyday talk to say that groups are responsible: Humanity is responsible for climate change, a mob is responsible for wreaking havoc in the city center, a corporation is responsible for evading taxes.

We will look at possible answers to questions of the following kind:
- What exactly is collective responsibility? Are there different collective variants of responsibility? Is it moral, legal, causal, or outcome responsibility? Is there a forward-looking variant?
- What kind of groups, if any, can be collectively responsible as such?
- What does it exactly mean for a group to be responsible? And what does this (potentially) imply for members of that group?
- Is it fair or coherent to hold individuals responsible for the actions of others?
- How does collective responsibility relate to other notions such as agency, obligations, actions, control, knowledge, etc.?

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

- Active participation/preparation: reading the text and handing in reading questions, and participation in discussion (10%)
- Interlocutor: The student prepares a short presentation for one of the texts and leads the discussion (10%)
- A detailed outline of the essay you plan to write (20%).
- Essay (60%)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Each assessment must be completed minimally with a (4) in order to complete the course.
Students are expected to actively attend the seminar. Two unauthorized absences will be excused. Active seminar attendance includes reading the assigned core texts and submitting questions 12 out of 14 meetings, 24 hours before each seminar.
Students are expected to be capable of writing an essay according to academic standards.


Collective Responsibility


To be announced in the first meeting.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 05.10.2020 10:09