Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 10 (2):99-108 (2021)

Niels de Haan
University of Vienna
I argue that culpable ignorance can be irreducibly collective. In some cases, it is not fair to expect any individual to have avoided her ignorance of some fact, but it is fair to expect the agents together to have avoided their ignorance of that fact. Hence, no agent is individually culpable for her ignorance, but they are culpable for their ignorance together. This provides us with good reason to think that any group that is culpably ignorant in this irreducibly collective sense is non-distributively collectively responsible for subsequent unwitting acts and consequences.
Keywords collective responsibility  culpable ignorance  group blameworthiness  moral responsibility
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