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7)What do you understand by moral responsibility. How is it different from moral accountability. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic :Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.

7)What do you understand by moral responsibility. How is it different from moral accountability. Discuss.(250 words)

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Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to give a simple definition and a brief discussion of the term, moral responsibility. Then the question wants us bring out the difference between moral responsibility and moral accountability.

Directive word

What do you understand by- We have to give a simple but comprehensive definition of moral responsibility, and discuss it briefly so as to bring a complete meaning of the term.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– give a brief definition of the term moral responsibility- e.g The term “moral responsibility” refers to the duty that individuals and groups have to act in accordance with the moral principles that are important to their social communities and to humanity at large.

Body-

  • Define and elaborate the meaning and scope of the term.
  • Define moral accountability- e.g It is the readiness or preparedness to give an explanation or justification to relevant others (stakeholders) for one’s judgments, intentions, acts and omissions when appropriately called upon to do so.
  • Discuss moral accountability vis a vis moral responsibility, and the relation between the two. E.g moral responsibility is essential to evoke/ inculcate moral accountability; etc.

Take the help of the articles attached to the question to frame your answer. However the purpose of the question is to understand both the concepts at a deeper level and the two terms are overlapping to a large extent, which should be reflected in your answer.

Conclusion- Based on your discussion, from a fair and a balanced  conclusion on the overall relationship between moral responsibility and moral accountability.

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