Why Blame the Organization?: A Pragmatic Analysis of Collective Moral Responsibility
If individual cooperation is the core of organizations, then why do
people sometimes blame organizations instead of, or in addition to,
the individuals in them? Through an examination of actual cases
such as the pollution of the Prince William Sound, the disaster at
the Love Canal, and soccer team misconduct, Raymond S. Pfeiffer
offers a philosophical study in analytic pragmatism to clarify the
meaning and logic of collective blame. Why Blame the Organization?
attacks the myth that the nature of an organization or group is the
key to understanding its moral responsibility.
... a lively discussionnnnn -- Larry May, Washington University ... This book will acquaint readers with important issues and positions concerning individual and collective responsibility. It would be a suitable supplementary text for many courses. -- Virginia Held, City University of New York [a] rich and closely reasoned book... Why Blame the Organization? is must-reading for philosophers whose teaching, research, or general interests include collective responsibility. Teaching Philosophy ... will appeal to scholars and students of moral philosophy, applied ethics, and business ethics. Sbe Newsletter ... a lively discussion -- Larry May, Washington University
Raymond S. Pfeiffer, professor of philosophy at Delta College, coauthored Ethics on the Job (Wadsworth) with Ralph P. Forsberg.