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“No Participation Without Implication”: Understanding the Wrongs We Do Together



attenuated ones of shared humanity, to the rather more fleshy sort that may exist between neighbours and friends. And the judgments and responses depend necessarily upon the position of the person who would judge or respond. To the victim belongs a certain range of legitimate feelings, judgments and deeds. To her family, another. To the state's representatives of law and order, another. And so on. If anyone is sceptical about this, it may be helpful to remember how difficult things are when we occupy two or more of these positions: the police officer who attends a crime against a 1 As Kutz puts it, "[M]y conception of accountability . . . explains and justifies practices of accountability in terms of their role in maintaining and fostering certain moral, social, and political relationships, and the interests those relationships protect" (153). loved one discovers a grievous conflict of duties. Cf. Kutz' discussion at pp. 33ff. As Kutz nicely puts it, theorists are wont to fall into a sort of "evaluative solipsism" (4), a failure "to take into account the multiplicity and particularity of the positions from which respondents respond" (19): [Q]uestions of accountability are resolved without reference to the nature



Res PublicaSpringer Journals

Published: May 1, 2002

DOI: 10.1023/A:1016038310167

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