A mention of authority's relationship to responsibility would be useful.
But the sublects or moral responsibility and personal responsibility should remain seperate and not be merged...
- I don't think there's any authority involved in moral responsibility. But there may be authority involved in the concept of being "responsible to" someone. But if I'm responsible to tenants in a building I own, for its maintenance, that doesn't means they are in "authority" over me, nor I over them. So there's not always an authority even in that kind of responsibility. Michael Hardy 02:31, 14 December 2005 (UTC)
Definite merge. Same subjects concerning philosophy. The distinction given between momral and personal responsability is a juridical distinction. Lapaz 05:03, 3 February 2006 (UTC)
- Um, moral responsibility and personal responsibility is not the same. Shouldn't there be a page for the concept of personal responsibility, as in "you are solely responsible for the choices in your life"?
Content from Moral responsibility has been merged  into this article, but it still exists as a separate article. Also, while I agree with the merge, it should have had a proper vote first. Should I go ahead and redirect the other article? (Please post to my talk page if you respond.) Jobarts-Talk 08:09, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
This is an inappropriate merge of content; "moral responsibility" is not equivalent to "responsibility": the first is a term referenced in philosophy, in dealing with free will-- see, for example "Moral Responsibility" at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the second is a general word that is applicable to multiple usages. Combining the two eliminates the preciseness of the former, and confuses the latter. So no, don't redirect; "responsibility" is too nebulous to be the merged topic. Rather, this should be a disambiguation page. There are multiple "responsibility" articles under various disciplines, some of which would be appropriate merge together, and many already listed under "See Also":
- Social responsibility (society)
- Natural responsibility (redundant to social responsibility)
- Media responsibility (possibly redundant to social responsibility)
- Ministerial responsibility (government)
- Collective responsibility (should be merged with ministerial responsibility)
- Collective responsibility (doctrine) (punishment)
- Corporate social responsibility (business)
- Corporate responsibility (law)
- Professional responsibility (law)
- International responsibility (law, possibly Original Research)
- Diffusion of responsibility (sociology, possibly Original Research)
At the present time individual responsibility to the world collective ranges widely depending on circumstances and wealth or their absence, security or danger, economic development and so on. A tentative value might be the fraction which a person's physical mass and charge, or other quantities have, relative to the mass and charge of the Earth or the biosphere. This is rank with error though it helps understand the nature of the problem. It neglects scales such as professional experience in taking responsibility and charge, but at least puts it into the same dimensions for everyone. For instance, Earth's mass is around 6E24 kilograms, and a person's mass around 100 kilos, so in terms of planetary mass a person has an intrinsic responsibility of one part in 6E22. There are many other quantities in human existence that involved larger numbers, such as Avogadro's constant, to which this approximation is peculiarly close. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 17:25, 23 May 2008 (UTC)