K. Violet McKeon


"The Battle Between Lent and Carnival"
by Pieter Brueghel the Younger

The Ethics of Complicity

To what extent do the actions of others make a difference in what I ought to do? What makes us complicit in wrongdoing? This course explores the nature of moral responsibility in collective contexts. In this course, we discuss both historical and contemporary treatments of collective morality and how we ought to understand complicity as an ethical concept, with a focus on social and environmental justice issues. Topics will include natural resource degradation, climate change, genocide, and labor practices in the global economy.