Philosophical Studies

, Volume 104, Issue 2, pp 203–225 | Cite as

Moral Dilemmas, Collective Responsibility, and Moral Progress

  • Patricia Marino


Ruth Marcus has offered an account of moral dilemmas in which the presence of dilemmas acts as a motivating force, pushing us to try to minimize predicaments of moral conflict. In this paper, I defend a Marcus-style account of dilemmas against two objections: first, that if dilemmas are real, we are forced to blame those who have done their best, and second, that in some cases, even a stripped down version of blame seems inappropriate. My account highlights the importance of collective responsibility in understanding dilemmas, and I suggest that it sheds light on understanding moral progress.


Moral Dilemma Collective Responsibility Moral Progress Moral Conflict 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Marino
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  1. 1.Department of Logic and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaIrvine, IrvineU.S.A

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