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War and the problem of personal responsibility

Studia Philosophiae Christianae. 2017. Vol. 53. No. 3. P. 115-126.

The author is seeking for an answer for the question whether a person is responsible for aggressive policy of his national leader. In order to find an answer Arendt’s, Walzer’s and McMahan’s views on the problem of personal responsibility were juxtaposed. The author agrees with Arendt and McMahan that responsibility presupposes thinking. Taking into account a number of reasons author concludes responsibility should be interpreted as a collective duty. On the other hand, guilt finds itself on the individual level. A person may be guilty for his own decisions and be responsible for decisions of the government, but he could not be condemned for the crimes of the latter. The author ends claiming that this rule appeals to the international level too, since states are collectively responsible for keeping justice and peace on the Earth.