Attributions of moral responsibility: from Aristotle to corporations

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Mihaela Constantinescu


With the growing interest towards moral issues within corporate settings, attributions of moral responsibility are extending from individual agents to collective agents such as corporations. But are the latter capable of satisfying the necessary and sufficient conditions for moral responsibility ascriptions traditionally defined in the Aristotelian framework? This article discusses the topic of moral responsibility as related to both individual and collective agents, inquiring whether corporations are able to bear moral responsibility as individual agents do. It advances an interpretation in which, based on the status of secondary moral agents and on internal structuring mechanisms such as corporate practices, corporations are able to meet the criteria for moral responsibility ascriptions.

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CONSTANTINESCU, Mihaela. Attributions of moral responsibility: from Aristotle to corporations. Annals of the University of Bucharest - Philosophy Series, [S.l.], v. 62, n. 1, july 2015. ISSN 0068-3175. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 10 apr. 2021.