The feasibility of collectives' actions

Holly Lawford-Smith

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    Abstract

    Does ought imply can for collectives' obligations? In this paper I want to establish two things. The first, what a collective obligation means for members of the collective. The second, how collective ability can be ascertained. I argue that there are four general kinds of obligation, which devolve from collectives to members in different ways, and I give an account of the distribution of obligation from collectives to members for each of these kinds. One implication of understanding collective obligation and ability in the proposed way is that a group can be blameworthy for failing to realize its obligation even when no member of the group is blameworthy for failing to realize her obligation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)453-467
    Number of pages15
    JournalAustralasian Journal of Philosophy
    Volume90
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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