A Structured Taxonomy of Responsibility Concepts

  • Nicole A VincentEmail author
Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 27)


This paper distinguishes six different responsibility concepts from one another, and it explains how those concepts relate to each other. The resulting “structured taxonomy of responsibility concepts” identifies several common sources of disputes about responsibility, and it suggests a procedure for resolving such disputes. To demonstrate their utility, this taxonomy and procedure are then used to illuminate debates in two familiar contexts.


Moral Responsibility Mental Capacity Outcome Responsibility Norm Setting Role Responsibility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy, Faculty of ArtsMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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