Onora O’Neill

Cambridge University, UK

Onora O'Neill

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Onora O’Neill, a leading moral philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, member of the House of Lords and Chair of the British Equality and Human Rights Commission, argues that the new culture of accountability – promoted as a way to reduce untrustworthiness and to assure control of institutional and professional performance – is fundamentally misguided: Too much intrusion and oversight limits people’s ability to make judgments. Observing the problem both as an issue of ethics of communication and political philosophy, she presents her enlightening analysis of what the culture of bureaucracy has destroyed over the past 25 years and proposes an alternative mindset.

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