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CONF: Philosophy at the Intersection of Moral Responsibility, Agency and Regulation (Birmingham)

9 May 202210 May 2022


Philosophy at the Intersection of Moral Responsibility, Agency and Regulation
9th-10th May 2022, University of Birmingham

We constantly judge ourselves and others for the things we do, and try to influence their moral beliefs and behaviour. But why? Are these practices even effective? This conference aims to address issues that arise at the intersection of the debates surrounding moral responsibility, agency, and the regulation of our own and others’ behaviour. Reactive attitudes for example may be said to have a social conformity function, and/or a role in cultivating moral agency.

This conference fully endorses the Good Practice Schemeof the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy. ​

We hope that this conference can take place in person at the University of Birmingham, with provisions also made for online participation as a hybrid conference. We will be keeping in line with the latest coronavirus advice at the time.We are extremely grateful to the Mind Association, and Midlands4Cities for their generosity in funding our conference. 

Keynote Speakers 

Professor Victoria McGeer, Princeton University and Australian National University

Victoria McGeer is  jointly a Senior Research Scholar in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, and a Professor in the School of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences at the Australian National University. Her research interests include moral psychology, agential capacities, responsibility, and metaphysics of mind. In 2015, her paper, ‘Mind-making practices: the social infrastructure of self-knowing agency and responsibility’ was selected for inclusion in The Philosopher’s Annual as one of the top ten papers of the year. 



Dr Anneli Jefferson, University of Cardiff

Anneli Jefferson is a lecturer in the school of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University. Her main research interests are philosophy of psychology, moral philosophy – with a focus on the intersection of these areas – and philosophy of psychiatry. Her current work in moral philosophy includes a focus on moral responsibility and the importance of the consequences of our practices of holding each other responsible for justifying blame and praise.




9 May 2022
10 May 2022
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European Research Institute, University of Birmingham
Prittchats Road
Birmingham, B15 2SB United Kingdom


University of Birmingham
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