Rethinking Of Responsibility And Its Effect On Society Essays

1401 Words Jan 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
To contextualize this proposition, the first question we need to consider is: what is “responsibility”?
Responsibility means being accountable to others for your actions, and being accountable for the future in general. It is an attribute of beings that have the power to make promises and fulfill them, i.e. who is able “to view the future as the present and anticipate it” (Nietzsche, 2006, p.36). This means that humanity has gained a power unknown in the animal world: the ability to escape the immediacy of the present in order to concern itself with, imagine, and shape the future—to act to select certain future states of the world and rule out others. This promise of a desired future is never made alone or unilaterally. One cannot make promises in a vacuum or in isolation. We make promises to others, and before others. As a result, they expect something of us and judge us based on what we promised to do: our promises bind us (liability) and oblige us to justify our actions and decisions (accountability). “Social responsibility,” however, is an ethical framework, that suggests an entity (i.e. an individual or organization) has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large. The corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement has matured strongly in the latest decades. CSR is a long-term approach to business that aims to addresses the needs of communities, people and their employers. It provides frameworks for successful enterprise that is harmonious with its…

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