Beyond Responsibility


in Responsibility

Published in print May 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235781
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679117 | DOI:
Beyond Responsibility

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This chapter moves beyond responsibility to a discussion of identification with and acceptance by other human beings and God, and offers a rethinking of the Atonement. It argues that responsibility comes out as an important but limited concept, and an important but limited virtue. It plays an important part in our interchanges with one another, especially our more distant ones. It underlies many of the concepts and institutions of social and political life, and we need to further greater responsibility in politics and business generally. Even as we move into the more intimate realms of personal relations and religion it remains important—there is no virtue in irresponsibility among friends or before God—but it is not all-important. In those realms what we do is not the prime manifestation of what we are, and what we are is more important than just what we succeed in doing.

Keywords: identification; acceptance; atonement; human beings; God

Chapter.  6566 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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