Blameworthiness, Trustworthiness, and the Second-Personal Standpoint: Foundations for an Ethical Theory of Accountability

27 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2013

Date Written: September 11, 2013

Abstract

Abstract: In this paper I make the case for a theory of accountability. Moreover, I will make the case for an *ethical theory* of accountability, one that centers our subject in human relationships rather than mechanisms and institutions. The foundation for this effort involves adapting a “second-personal standpoint” elaborated by moral theorist Stephen Darwall, with specific attention to the role of blameworthiness and trustworthiness is establishing an aspirational standard that informs efforts to enhance accountable governance. I contend that efforts to improve or enhance the quality (and integrity) of governance arrangements are driven by a collective ambition to achieve moral accountability in the Darwallian sense.

Keywords: accountablity, governance, blameworthiness, trustworthiness, moral theory, Stephen Darwall, ethical theory

JEL Classification: G34

Suggested Citation

Dubnick, Melvin, Blameworthiness, Trustworthiness, and the Second-Personal Standpoint: Foundations for an Ethical Theory of Accountability (September 11, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2324724 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2324724

Melvin Dubnick (Contact Author)

University of New Hampshire ( email )

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Horton Hall
Durham, NH 03824
United States

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