Theology & Philosophy

Responsible Persons and Responsibility


Conferees examined what it means to be responsible, who can be responsible, and what follows from being and not being responsible, which are critical elements of the ongoing conversation about liberty.


Conference Readings

Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle (5th Edition). Translated by F. H. Peters. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Truebner & Co., 1893.

Buchanan, James M. “Afraid to be free: Dependency as desideratum.” Public Choice 124 (2005): 19-31.

de Jasay, Anthony. Justice and Its Surroundings. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2002. (accessed ).

Epstein, Richard A. “Luck.” Social Philosophy and Policy 6, no. 17 (1988): 17-38.

Goodrich, Pierre F. Liberty Fund Basic Memorandum. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1961.

Hart, H. L. A. Punishment and Responsibility. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume XVII). Edited by Ronald Hamowy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960, 2011.

Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature [reprinted from the original edition in three volumes]. Edited by L. A. Selby-Bigge, M. A. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1896.

Hume, David. Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1902. (accessed ).

Nagel, Thomas. Mortal Questions. Cambridge: University Press, 1979.

Nowell-Smith, P. “Freewill and Moral Responsibility.” Mind 57, no. 225 (January 1948): 45-61. (accessed ).

Perloff, Robert. “Self-Interest and Personal Responsibility Redux.” American Psychologist 42, no. 1 (January 1987): 3-11.

Phillips, Michael J. “Corporate Moral Responsibility: When it Might Matter.” Business Ethics Quarterly 5, no. 3 (July 1995): 555-576.

Schmidtz, David. Person, Polis, Planet. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Stilz, Anna. “Collective Responsibility and the State.” The Journal of Political Philosophy 19, no. 2 (2011): 190-208.

Weber, Max. From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. Edited by H. H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills. New York City: Oxford University Press, 1946.

Wolf, Susan, “Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility” In Free Will, edited by Gary Watson, 372-387. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.