By J. R. Lucas
Accountability is a key suggestion in our ethical, social and political considering, yet isn't itself correctly understood. during this ebook J.R. Lucas elucidates it when it comes to answerability--the legal responsibility to respond to the query: Why did you do it? He develops this account to incorporate damaging responsibility-- Why did you no longer take care of it?-- and shared accountability, which jointly yield the explanation of political accountability. In disentangling those strands of argument, he issues out strength conflicts among them inside our excellent of accountable executive. He exposes the failings in consequentialism more often than not, and the utilitarian conception of punishment specifically, and argues for the insights of retributive theories yet with out their vindictiveness. He devotes separate chapters to rewards, funds, and private family members, outlines the elemental rules of industrial ethics, and at last touches on these concerns that transcend accountability altogether.