On "Glass Snakes," White Moral Responsibility, and Agency Under Complicity

Applebaum, Barbara
January 2005
Philosophy of Education Yearbook;2005, p149
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the conception of white moral responsibility. According to philosopher Dwight Boyd, not only must conceptions of moral responsibility be altered but the notion of the subject upon which it is grounded must shift as well. Groupals, as introduced by Boyd, are entities that express themselves existentially not via their capacity to transcend their embeddedness in a collectivity but via their enactment of how particular collectivities are established and maintained with others and what this relationship accomplishes in the world. Moral responsibility and agency must not be perceived as outside of power.


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