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Group Duties: Their Existence and Their Implications for Individuals

Stephanie Collins


Moral duties are regularly attributed to groups. We might think that the United Kingdom has a moral duty to defend human rights, that environmentalists have a moral duty to push for global systemic reform, or that the affluent have a moral duty to alleviate poverty. This book asks (i) whether such groups are apt to bear duties and (ii) what this implies for their members. It defends a ‘Tripartite Model’ of group duties, which divides groups into three fundamental categories. First, combinations are collections of agents that do not have any goals or decision-making procedures in common. Combin ... More

Keywords: group duty, collective responsibility, collective obligation, joint action, shared responsibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198840275
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198840275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie Collins, author
Australian Catholic University