International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online)

The Political Ethics and the Attribution of Moral Responsibility to Public Organizations: Its Scope and its Limits
Ginés Marco

Abstract
This article emphasizes the specificity of political ethics, in general, and of the ethics of public organizations, in particular, in regard to personal ethics. For the first one, the real problem is not the aim to be achieved, but the means to be used, with the available resources and taking into account the real conditions. For the second one, on the other hand, the goal to reach (in the classical period) and the individual responsibilities to be assumed (from Modernity on) have been the most universal constants. The question to be elucidated here is whether we have to preach the moral responsibility of public organizations and not only of those of their members who make decisions. In that case, if the answer were affirmative, it would be better to go one step further and ask ourselves in face of who or what we are really responsible for.

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