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Victor Tadros (Warwick) – “Treatment and Accountability” (RoR special lecture #3)
21 May 2020 @ 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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), from 16.00–18.00 (BST) on Thursday 21 May. It will be streamed online via Zoom.
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.