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Individual and Collective ResponsibilityIndividual Responsibility In this lecture, you'll learn how to distinguish between several different notions of individual moral responsibility and how to apply them in different concrete circumstances. Our illustrative case is that of a chemical plant operator and the question whether he or she might be responsible for different scenarios of accidents that occur at his or her plant. As an…
Tragedy of the CommonsNow let's discuss a problem of collective action, which is sometimes called the " tragedy of the commons ". In the lecture, you will learn what a collective action problem is, and the conditions in which they arise. You will also learn how collective action problems can be addressed by cooperative schemes. The example which we will use is sustainable fishing. But you can apply this to various…
Some Ethical ConsiderationsIn this collection we will look at a number of ethical considerations and discuss: The famous trolley problem (and ask yourself: what would I do if I had to make a choice) How to deal with moral overload Collective and individual moral responsibility Risky technologies and emotions The problem of the many hands: who is to blame in case of an accident when many actors are involved?