Collective responsibility, epistemic action and climate change

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    This article undertakes four tasks: (1) outline a theory of joint action, including multi-layered structures of joint action characteristics of organizational action; (2) utilize this theory to elaborate an account of joint epistemic action ' joint action directed to the acquisition of knowledge. E.g. a team of scientists seeking to discover the cause of climate change; (3) outline an account of collective moral responsibility based on theory of joint action (including the account of joint epistemic action); (4) apply the account of collective moral responsibility to the issue of human-induced, harmful, climate change with a view to illuminating both retrospective responsibility for causing the harm and also prospective responsibility for addressing the problem in terms of mitigation and/or adaptation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMoral responsibility
    Subtitle of host publicationBeyond free will and determinism
    EditorsNicole A Vincent, Ibo van de Poel, Jeroen van den Hoven
    Place of PublicationHeidelberg
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Electronic)9789400718784
    ISBN (Print)9789400718777
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    NameLibrary of ethics and applied philosophy

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