Chapter

Why Did You Do It?

J. R. LUCAS

in Responsibility

Published in print May 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235781
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679117 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235781.003.0002
Why Did You Do It?

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This chapter brings out the point that responsibility is, as its etymology shows, concerned with having to answer a certain question, namely why one has acted as one did. The question can fail in a number of ways: because the wrong person is being asked, because what one did was not really an action, or because it was wrongly characterized.

Keywords: responsibility; answer; question; etymology

Chapter.  3208 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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