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HET BEVREDIGEND ANTWOORD. EEN ANALYSE VAN HET BEGRIP „VERANTWOORDELIJKHEID”

A. J. M. VAN WEERS
Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
39ste Jaarg., Nr. 2 (JUNI 1977), pp. 207-245
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40882990
Page Count: 39
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Abstract

The word 'responsibility' refers to a typical concept of our time, and is a keyword in various ways of life and views of society. In this article the concept has been analyzed from three points of view, starting with the everyday use, the question and answer situation and the duplication of this in the act of justification. In the two following sections, the presuppositions and implications of the act of justification have been investigated, and some remarks have been made about the general significance and importance of the concept of responsibility. The main results of this analysis may be summarized as follows : a) Responsibility presupposes a complementary response to a need or a justified request. b) The deficiency that plays a rôle in the process of justifying does not necessarily lie in the person who is responsible, although the existence of a need is necessary. Guilt is not essential to the concept. c) The judgement concerning responsibility involves the recognition of an authority. The recognition of the imposed or selected authority brings about a specification of the whole system of norms in accordance with which the response is assessed. The authority should be self-legitimating. d) Since the concept of responsibility owes its importance to certain presuppositions and implications in both the subsisting and the desired order, it is a thoroughly democratic concept.

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