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This module profiles the value, responsibility. After presenting its root metaphor, it provides a discussion of key features, kinds and senses, and useful frameworks. Responsibility is a complex value. The route this module takes through this complexity is to pull together its different senses and kinds as variations of "response to relevance." Two exercises at the end will provide an anchor for students to work with responsibility's root meaning and to see how it develops and changes as it appears in different cases. This first publishing is subject to revision as author gathers assessment data and carries out further research into moral responsibility.

Introduction: the root meaning of responsibility

The College of Business Administration at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez has recently adopted a Statement of Values. Rather than allowing this document to become static, this community is committed to challenging the Statement of Values. The first challenge, brought about by students, was to translate the Statement of Values into Spanish. (The original was drafted in English in order to be integrated into Business Administration's efforts at AACSB accreditation.) This module forms part of a series of modules that profile in detail each of the constituent values of Business Administration's Statement of Values: justice, responsibility, respect, trust, and integrity. Its purpose is to provide the basis for a conceptual challenge to the Statement of Values. Different constituents or stakeholders of Business Administration, students and staff, have expressed interest in more sharply distinguishing key values (e.g. trust and responsibility) and in exploring the overlap and distinctions between values (e.g., integrity and responsibility). This module profiles responsibility. Others will profile the remaining values, justice, respect, trust, and integrity. Finally, an introductory module will introduce students to value-based decision making while a concluding module will present a value realization framework taken from software engineering. This module profiles responsibility by providing its root metaphor, key features, kinds and senses, and useful frameworks. It concludes with exercises designed to help students understand responsibility's root metaphor, response to relevance, and how it has been metaphorically projected onto increasingly "higher" moral spaces, moving from the negative to the positive, the minimal to the exemplary, and the reactive to the prospective.

Root meaning: response to relevance

Herbert Fingarette's formula, "responsiveness to essential relevance" pulls together two strains used to test for criminal insanity, the cognitive test which lies in the ability to appreciate the moral quality of one's actions and the volitional test which lies in the ability to act on one's perception of moral relevance. This module converts the test for legal competence, "responsiveness to essential relevance," into a the root metaphor for moral responsibility, namely, "(moral) responsiveness to essential (moral) relevance." Moral responsibility brings together two skills. First, the responsible agent has the ability to zero in on the morally relevant aspects of a situation. This comes from cultivated emotional and perceptual sensitivities. (You are sitting on a crowded bus and begin to feel empathically the uncomfortableness of the elderly lady standing in the center.) Second, while keeping the morally relevant aspects in focus, the responsible agent is able to design and execute a morally responsive action that answers to the moral relevance in a situation. (You rise from your seat in the bus and offer it to the elderly lady.) This volitional ability requires cultivating powers of control, skill and knowledge. The root meaning of responsibility is, thus, (moral) responsiveness to essential (moral) relevance. See Fingarette, The Meaning of Criminal Insanity, 186-7.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
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what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
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what is the stm
Brian Reply
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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