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WS – Self-Knowledge and the Law (Cambridge)

29 March 2022

From Alexander Greenberg (Southampton):

There will a workshop on the theme of Self-Knowledge and the Law on Tuesday 29th March, 2022, taking place at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

Philosophers have long recognised that our knowledge of our own minds is distinctive, and differs from our knowledge of the minds of others. In order to know the thoughts and feelings of others, we need to rely on observation or inference, whereas we typically know what we think and feel immediately, without any such observation or inference. This workshop focuses on the role self-knowledge can play in our understanding of the law, in particular, various aspects of the criminal law, such as the automatism defence and the recklessness/negligence distinction.


11-11:30: Welcome and coffee

11:30-1: Alexander Greenberg (University of Southampton): “Culpability, Consciousness, and Carrying on Regardless”

1-2: Lunch

2-3:30: Jeanne-Rose Arn (University of Cambridge): “Self-Deception and the Mind of the Self-Deceiver”

3:30-4: Coffee

4-5:30: Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov (University of Surrey): “What We Don’t Know in Automatism”

5:30-: Pub then dinner

The workshop is organised by Alexander Greenberg (Southampton) and Findlay Stark (Cambridge).

All are welcome, though places are limited. If you would like to come, please register by emailing me at a.greenberg@soton.ac.uk with ‘Self-Knowledge and the Law registration’ in the subject line, and let me know if you would like to join for the dinner.

Please could you register by Monday the 14th March at the latest.


29 March 2022
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Alexander Greenberg
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Jesus College, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, CB5 8BL United Kingdom + Google Map
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