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In Complicity and Moral Accountability, Gregory Mellema presents a philosophical approach to the moral issues involved in complicity. Starting with a taxonomy of Thomas Aquinas, according to whom there are nine ways for one to become complicit in the wrongdoing of another, Mellema analyzes each kind of complicity and examines the moral status of someone complicit in each of these ways. Mellema’s central argument is that one must perform a contributing action to qualify as an accomplice, and that it is always morally blameworthy to perform such an action. Additionally, he argues that an accomplice frequently bears moral responsibility for the outcome of the other’s wrongdoing, but he distinguishes this case from cases in which the accomplice is tainted by the wrongdoing of the principal actor. He further distinguishes between enabling, facilitating, and condoning harm, and introduces the concept of indirect complicity. Mellema tackles issues that are clearly important to any case of collective and shared responsibility, yet rarely discussed in depth, always presenting his arguments clearly, concisely, and engagingly. His account of the nonmoral as well as moral qualities of complicity in wrongdoing—especially of the many and varied ways in which principles and accomplices can interact—is highly illuminating. Liberally sprinkled with helpful and nuanced examples, Complicity and Moral Accountability vividly illustrates the many ways in which one may be complicit in wrongdoing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. Thomas Aquinas on Complicity
  2. pp. 18-30
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  1. 3. Christopher Kutz on Complicity
  2. pp. 31-44
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  1. 4. Enabling Harm
  2. pp. 45-54
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  1. 5. Facilitating Harm
  2. pp. 55-65
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  1. 6. Collective and Shared Responsibility
  2. pp. 66-75
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  1. 7. Avoiding Complicity
  2. pp. 76-87
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  1. 8. Moral Expectation
  2. pp. 88-101
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  1. 9. Well-Integrated Actions
  2. pp. 102-115
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  1. 10. H. D. Lewis, Karl Jaspers, and Complicity
  2. pp. 116-128
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  1. 11. Indirect Accomplices
  2. pp. 129-141
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  1. 12. Agreements and Complicity
  2. pp. 142-151
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  1. 13. Complicity in Criminal Law
  2. pp. 152-159
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  1. References
  2. pp. 160-161
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 162-163
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 164
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268087043
Related ISBN
9780268035419
MARC Record
OCLC
932110056
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2016-05-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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