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On the Possibility of Corporate Apologies*

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This paper argues against an individualist challenge to the possibility of corporate apologies. According to this challenge, corporations always and only act through their members; thus they are not the sorts of entities that can apologize. Consequently there can be no corporate apologies. Against this challenge, this paper argues that even if corporate acts can be analyzed as acts by individuals within certain relationships, there can still be corporate apologies. This paper offers a noneliminative individualist account of such apologies. The paper also responds to various substantive objections to the possibility of such apologies.

Affiliations: 1: Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics Department of Philosophy, Georgia State University Atlanta, GA 30302-4089 USA,; 2: Department of Communication Studies, University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602 USA,


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