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Ethics of Responsibility
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[German Version]

To the degree that any ethics reflects responsible action in the context of an ethos, it is an ethics of responsibility and can thus deal with various aspects of being responsible (Responsibility). First, its constitutive requirements. Here, it is a matter of whether responsibility is created through the experience of the other or is already presumed in it and is only actualized. Second, the question is what responsibility is for and what it is expected to do. The fact that responsibility also addresses precisely the effects of action was first emphasized by F.D.E. Schle…

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Herms, Eilert, “Ethics of Responsibility”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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