Attitude provoquée dans la mélancolie cataleptiforme (Nouvelle iconographie de la Salpêtriêre). Wellcome Collection.

The third lecture in the series of special invited lectures for the Roots of Responsibility ERC project will be given by Professor Victor Tadros (Warwick), and it will be streamed online via Zoom. We will likely use Zoom as the platform. All are welcome, but as the number of audience will be limited, registration will be required. We will make an announcement with access details, when the registration is open. [Registration for this lecture is now open. Please visit this Eventbrite page. —update 13 May 2020]


RoR special lecture #3: Victor Tadros (Warwick)
Thursday 21 May, 2020, from 16.00–18.00 (BST)
This lecture will be streamed via Zoom. Register here.

Title: Treatment and Accountability

Abstract: Those who are not responsible for wrongdoing ought to be treated differently from those who are responsible. For serious wrongdoing, for example, those who are responsible are held criminally liable, where those who are not are given medical treatment such as psychiatric or psychological care. This lecture argues against a standard view about the contrast between responsible and non-responsible conduct—that those who are responsible are reason responsive. Responsibility does not depend on responsiveness to reason but rather just on appropriate causal connections between a person’s values and attitudes and her actions. It then uses this view to illuminate attitudes and practices that we should have regarding both responsible and non-responsible conduct. 

Victor Tadros profile photoBrief biography: Victor Tadros is Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at the University of Warwick. He was educated at Oxford University (BA Hons) and at King’s College, London (PhD). In the fall of 2015 he was Carter Visiting Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School. From 2010-13 he held an AHRC Research Grant, with Antony Duff, Lindsay Farmer, Sandra Marshall and Massimo Renzo, to work on criminalization. He held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship from 2014-2018, and was elected as Fellow of the British Academy in 2018.

Victor has written extensively on the philosophy of criminal law, just war theory, and on a range of issues in moral, legal and political philosophy. He is the author of Criminal Responsibility (Oxford University Press, 2005), The Ends of Harm: The Moral Foundations of Criminal Law (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Wrongs and Crimes (Oxford University Press, 2016), and his book on just war theory – To Do, To Die, To Reason Why – is forthcoming, also with Oxford University Press.


We encourage colleagues and especially postgraduate students to attend. Please spread the word. A poster for this lecture can be downloaded from here.

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In each of the five years of the Roots of Responsibility ERC project, we have two special lectures by leading scholars in philosophy and law. The lineup of speakers for 2020–2021 was announced in this post.