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Does "Responsibility" make sense? Show more Show less

Responsibility is accrued when an individual is free. However, contemporary scholarship suggests that we are not, in fact, totally free. Neurological & psychological predispositions prevent us from having full control over our actions. Then, are humans able to truly possess responsibility?

Yes, we do possess responsibility despite our biological constraints. Show more Show less

We still possess responsibility in other arenas of social life that are human-made.
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The definition of responsibility

Responsibility does make sense as it plays such an essential role in everyday life. We have responsibility over our own affairs, such as maintaining employment, and the responsibility to look after others, such as the safety of children. Therefore, we do possess responsibility despite our biological constraints.
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The Argument

Responsibility is defined as a moral, legal, or mental accountability.[1] When you have responsibility, it is your duty to be in charge, so you can make decisions relating to the situation. Responsibility is a part of everyday life. For example, an employee has responsibility to deliver their company’s mission, a teacher has responsibility over their student’s learning, and parents have responsibility over their children’s upbringing and wellbeing. This highlights how responsibility does make sense because it plays such an important role in so many areas of people’s daily lives. Therefore, we possess responsibility despite our biological restraints because we apply it to our everyday life, which is a human action.

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Premises

[P1] Responsibility is accountability. [P2] Responsibility is a normal part of everyday life. [P3] Responsibility does make sense despite our biological constraints.

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References

  1. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/responsibility

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