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Title: “I” and Collective Responsibility
Other Titles: «Я» и коллективная ответственность
Authors: Bakeeva, E. V.
Biricheva, E. V.
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Saint Petersburg State University
Saint Petersburg State University
Citation: Bakeeva E. V. “I” and Collective Responsibility [«Я» и коллективная ответственность] / E. V. Bakeeva, E. V. Biricheva // Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo Universiteta, Filosofiia i Konfliktologiia. — 2021. — Vol. 37. — Iss. 2. — P. 41-52.
Abstract: The article discusses the link of collective moral responsibility with “I” as an act of the realization of subjectness. The authors provide and verify the thesis about the primacy of “I” to any forms and cases of collective responsibility. The notion of “I” is reexamined taking into account the critique of the subject undertaken in the so-called “post-metaphysical” (J. Habermas) philosophy. The key point of this critique is the rejection of the understanding of “I” and of the subject as unchanging metaphysical entities. In this situation, it is of paramount importance to distinguish the dynamic core of “I”, which is free from any metaphysical connotation. In addressing this issue, the authors build on the concept of “I” as a responsible act (deed) as presented in works of Mikhail Bakhtin. According to this concept, “I” does not precede the act but is born in the actual responsible act in the face of an Other. This action turns out to be devoid of content here and is interpreted as an act of accepting responsibility in the face of the Absolute instance. Such an interpretation of “I” makes it possible to retain the possibility of a responsible act within the growing anonymity of a contemporary social being and to substantiate manifestations of collective responsibility in collective actions. The final part of the article lists the basic features that characterize the link of “I” as an act and collective responsibility. Of these features, the main one is associated with the impossibility of “external” vesting of responsibility to anyone due to his/her belonging to a certain community. Collective responsibility may be recognized only in the “inner” dimension of a personal act. Hence follows a fundamental asymmetry that characterizes the phenomenon of responsibility in general and collective responsibility in particular. © St. Petersburg State University, 2021.
Keywords: ACT
Access: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
SCOPUS ID: 85114717221
PURE ID: 21894734
ISSN: 2542-2278
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