Collective Responsibility and Solidarity: Toward a Body-Centered Ethics

  • Wolff-Michael Roth University of Victoria
Keywords: ethics, morals, cultural-historical approach, ontology, rationality

Abstract

Practices such as cogenerative dialoguing and coteaching are grounded in the notions of collective responsibility and, the former more so than the latter, in solidarity. However, both notions are not generally grounded in a more encompassing philosophical framework that would allow us understand how concrete human praxis is tied to ethics generally and collective responsibility and solidarity more specifically. In this brief introduction to the topic, I articulate how ethics can be grounded in our material existence, itself inherently social. I provide a concrete situation, and excerpt of a heated discussion about access to a basic necessity (water), in the context of which the collective nature of responsibility is exemplified. The framework outlined is indeterminist, leading us to the requirement of resolving its inherent contradiction in continued concrete praxis. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0602374

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Author Biography

Wolff-Michael Roth, University of Victoria
Wolff-Michael ROTH (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/impressum/roth-e.htm) is Lansdowne Professor of applied cognitive science at the University of Victoria. His interdisciplinary research agenda includes studies in science and mathematics education, general education, applied cognitive science, sociology of science, and linguistics (pragmatics). His recent publications include Talking Science: Language and Learning in Science (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), Doing Qualitative Research: Praxis of Method (SensePublishers, 2005), and Learning Science: A Singular Plural Perspective (SensePublishers, 2006). He has served as chair of the Human Research Ethics Board at the University of Victoria and edits the FQS Debate on Qualitative Research and Ethics (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/fqs-e/debate-3-e.htm).
Published
2006-03-31
Section
FQS Debate: Qualitative Research and Ethics

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