Title

Unintended Consequences and Responsibility

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2008

Publication Title

Teaching Ethics: The Journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum

Volume

9

Issue

1

Publisher

Philosophy Documentation Center

Abstract

The article discusses the different types of responsibility and the unintended consequences in the educational curriculum. It explains the types of responsibility including role, causal and liability as well as the personal rectificatory responsibility for educators to help their students understand the significance of ethics. It explores the aspects of unintended consequences where the first response tends to be retrospective which speaks to the question of fault and ascription of blame.