In this book philosophers, scholars of religion, and activists address the theme of responsibility. Barbara Darling-Smith brings together an enlightening collection of essays that analyze the ethics of responsibility, its relational nature, and its global struggle. With references to Homer's the Iliad and Buddhist teachings, these essays demonstrate that while selfhood is an illusion, there is still a conventional self that must be held responsible. This book finds the underlying distinctions between ultimate and conventional understandings of selfhood, which lead to variations on the role of responsibility in the community and government. With essays from CEOs to historical theologians, Responsibility offers a variety of perspectives that will captivate the interest of philosophers and scholars of ethnics and religion.
Barbara Darling-Smith is assistant professor of religion at Wheaton College.
Part 1 Responsibility and Selfhood Chapter 2 Responsible Fictions Chapter 3 Responsibility Without a Self Chapter 4 The Way is Made in the Walking: Responsibility as Relational Virtuosity Chapter 5 Where Art Thou? Biblical Perspectives on Responsibility Part 6 Responsible Roles Toward Other Human Beings Chapter 7 Moral Responsibility in a Democratic Society Chapter 8 Am I My Brother's Keeper? An Aristotelian Take on Responsibility for Others Chapter 9 Tasteless Historical Stories: An Historical Theologian's REsponsibility to Past and Present Chapter 10 Balancing Medicine's Moral Ledger: Realigning Trust and Responsibility Chapter 11 Responsibilities of Corporations: Managing Morally and Profitably Part 12 Responsibility Toward Nonhuman Beings and the Earth Chapter 13 Towards an Art of Dwelling Chapter 14 Ecological and Social Responsibility: The Making of the Earth Charter