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Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174848

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174848.001.0001

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Responsibility in History

Responsibility in History

(p.63) 2 Responsibility in History
Political Responsibility

Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo

Columbia University Press

Chapter 2, “Responsibility in History,” zones in on the concept of responsibility as conceived in the history of European and transatlantic political thought. This historicization of responsibility seeks to grasp how the idea of responsibility precedes both the word and the concept. Similarly, this chapter explores the emergence of the problematic of responsibility in terms of a constellation of concepts – duty, accountability, personation, obligation – that have often accompanied not only the concept of responsibility but many of its adverbial and adjectival usages.

Keywords:   citizenship, duties, accountability, personation, obligation

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