Responsibility Reading List

This reading list contains philosophical books and papers on theories of responsibility, broadly construed. It is by no means intended to be comprehensive, but rather comprises work that the project team has found useful to refer to in the course of the FinCris work.

The list below is organised according to some broad themes, although there is clearly considerable overlap in many of the readings.


Responsibility Concepts

H.L.A. Hart, Punishment and Responsibility: Essays in the Philosophy of Law (Oxford University Press, USA, 1968), p. 315.

G Watson, ‘Two Faces of Responsibility’, Philosophical Topics, 24 (1996).

J Fischer and NA Tognazzini, ‘The Physiognomy of Responsibility’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, LXXXII (2011), 381–417.

Angela M. Smith, ‘On Being Responsible and Holding Responsible’, The Journal of Ethics, 11 (2007), 465–484 <doi:10.1007/s10892-005-7989-5>.

David Miller, National Responsibility and Global Justice (OUP Oxford, 2007), p. 320. Especially chapters 4 & 5

Nicole Vincent, ‘A Structured Taxonomy of Responsibility Concepts’, in Moral Responsibility: Beyond Free Will and Determinism, ed. by Nicole Vincet, Ibo van de Poel and Jeroen van den Hoven (Springer, 2011), p. 254.

R A Duff, ‘Responsibility’, Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. by E Craig (London: Routledge, 1998).


Responsibility and Freewill

JM Fischer, ‘Recent Work on Moral Responsibility’, Ethics, 110 (1999), 93–139.

O’Connor, Timothy, “Free Will”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>.


Collective Responsibility

Marion Smiley, ‘Collective Responsibility’, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. by Edward N Zalta, 2011.

Larry May and Stacey Hoffman, Collective Responsibility: Five Decades of Debate in Theoretical and Applied Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 1991), p. 292.

Peter A. French, Shared Intentions and Collective Responsibility: 30 (Midwest Studies in Philosophy) (John Wiley & Sons).

Journal of Social Philosophy (38, 3): Special Issue on Collective Responsibility, ed. by Larry May and Raimo Tuomela, 2007.

Philip Pettit, ‘Responsibility Incorporated’, Ethics, 117 (2007), 171–201.

Kenneth Shockley, ‘Programming Collective Control’, Journal of Social Philosophy, 38 (2007), 442–455.

H McGary, ‘Morality and Collective Liability’, The Journal of Value Inquiry, 2 (1986).


Applications of Responsibility

Simon Caney, ‘Cosmopolitan Justice, Responsibility, and Global Climate Change’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 18 (2006), 747 <doi:10.1017/S0922156505002992>.

Simon Caney, ‘Climate Change and the Duties of the Advantaged’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 13 (2010), 203–228 <doi:10.1080/13698230903326331>.

Henry Shue, ‘Global Environment and International Inequality’, International Affairs, 75 (1999), 531–545 <doi:10.1111/1468-2346.00092>.

Joseph Stiglitz, ‘A Bank Bailout That Works’, The Nation, 2009.

Peter French, Collective and Corporate Responsibility (New York: Columbia University Press, 1984).

Manuel Velasquez, ‘Debunking Corporate Moral Responsibility’, Business Ethics Quarterly, 13 (2003), 531–562.

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