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ERC Research Seminar (9): Justifications and excuses

16 March 2021 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

The ninth meeting of the project’s research seminar this term (T2, 2020–21) will take place from 16.00 to 18.00, on Tuesday 16 March, 2021, online via Zoom (the possibility of convening physically will be reviewed). The link to the Zoom meeting location is available to the registered participants.

The topic for this meeting is: Justifications and excuses

  • Questions: What is the difference between a justification and an excuse? Is one concept more basic than the other? How do justifications and excuses exculpate, or mitigate culpability?
  • Readings:
    • Gardner, John. 1998. “The Gist of Excuses.” Buffalo Criminal Law Review1 (575). Repr. in Offences and Defences: Selected Essays in the Philosophy of Criminal Law (Oxford, UK: Oxford UP, 2007).
    • Austin, J. L. 1956–7. “A Plea for Excuses.” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society57: 1–30. Repr. in Philosophical Papers (3rd edn.; eds. J. O. Urmson and G. J. Warnock; Oxford, UK: Oxford UP, 1979).

For the schedule for the whole term, see this post.


16 March 2021
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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