Poster for the workshop on mistakes, ignorance, and blameworthiness
Poster image: Eugène Delacroix, Hamlet and His Mother (1849, oil on canvas). The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

RoR will sponsor a research workshop on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September 2020, online via Zoom. The workshop is organised by Claire Field, one of RoR’s post-doctoral research fellows, and it examines the relationship between mistakes, ignorance and blameworthiness. Mistakes and ignorance can have severe consequences. How do we avoid these, what duties do we have to avoid them, and when are we to blame if we do not? We will examine the relationship between epistemic blunders and blameworthiness. When do they excuse, when do they make things worse, and when are they blameworthy themselves?

Here is a provisional schedule, with the speakers and the title of their respective papers:

Tuesday 1st September

17.00–18.00. Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff) – Blaming Responses to Intellectual Vices
18.00–18.30. Break
18.30–19.30. Nathan Biebel (Tulane) – Blame Without Blameworthiness

Wednesday 2nd September

17.00–18.00. Zoë Johnson King (USC) – Varieties of Moral Mistake
18.00–18.15. Break
18.30–19.30. Holly Smith (Rutgers) – Moral Decision Guides: Counsels of Morality or Counsels of Rationality?
19.30–20.00. Social Time (at SpacialChat)

Draft papers of the talks will be circulated two weeks in advance of the workshop. Participants are expected to read them in advance. During the session, the presenter will give a summary of their paper, before answering questions from the audience.

To register your interest in attending, please visit this Eventbrite page.

We encourage colleagues and especially postgraduate students to attend. Please spread the word. All are welcome, but registration is essential. The link to the Zoom meeting location will be emailed to the registered participants.

When registration is free, not everyone who registers comes to the event. To make sure that as many people as possible can attend, we expect to allocate more tickets than there are places. Please note, therefore, that registering does not guarantee you a place; the Zoom meeting location will be open throughout the workshop, and the registered participants will be admitted to individual sessions on a first-come-first-served basis.

Enquiries about the workshop can be submitted via the message form on the website.

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