Social Philosophy and Policy

Research Article

The Irrelevance of Responsibility

Roderick T. Longa1

a1 Philosophy, Auburn University

Responsibility is often thought of as primarily a legal concept. Even when it is moral responsibility that is at issue, it is assumed that it is above all in moralities based on law-centered patterns and models that responsibility takes center stage, so that responsibility is a legal concept at its core, and is applicable to the realm of private morality only by extension and analogy.