Book Launch: Nenad Dimitrijevic - Dutry to Respond
The Department cordially invites you to the book launch and round table to celebrate Nenad Dimitrijevic's new book: Duty to Respond - Mass Crime, Denial and Collective Responsibility. The event takes place on Feb. 15, 2011, MB 203, 5:30 pm. Participants include Janos Kis, Andres Moles, and Zoltan Miklosi. The central claim of the book is that all members of the group in whose name collective crime is committed share responsibility for it. Duty to Respond discusses the analytical and normative defense of arguments that purport to explain reasons for, and the character of the responsibility of decent people. Those who did not intend, support, or commit wrong, are still accountable in a non-vicarious manner. The basis of their responsibility is the crime-specific relationship between group identity and personal identity. This fact-rich review of emblematic political events in the recent past shows not only what it means to assume responsibility for the criminal actions of a corrupt regime but also frames the argument in the context of a critique of moral relativism.