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WS: Responsibility, Knowledge, and Belief

14 December 2019

Fortune Favors Ignorance and Repels Virtue (1672), after a lost painting, by Giacinto Gimignani
Giacinto Gimignani, Fortune Favors Ignorance and Repels Virtue (after a lost painting, 1672)

The first Roots of Responsibility workshop will be held on 14–15 December 2019. The theme is Responsibility, Knowledge, and Belief. This event is jointly sponsored by Dr Alexander Greenberg’s Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship project, Belief in Philosophy and the Criminal Law.

The workshop will focus on the role of the concepts of knowledge and belief in attributions of responsibility. Questions about the role of knowledge and belief in our understanding of responsibility show up in a number of places in both philosophy and the criminal law. These include debates about how ignorance excuses responsibility, criminal negligence liability, wilful ignorance, responsibility for belief, consent, standards of proof, and witness testimony. This workshop will bring together researchers in philosophy and law to investigate what each discipline can learn from the other about these questions.

The speakers will be:

The titles and abstracts of the six papers that will be discussed are available here. For the schedule, see this post in the Resources section.

There is no registration fee for participation in this workshop, but space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please register via Eventbrite. Enquiries about the workshop can be submitted via our message form.


14 December 2019
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Department of Philosophy, UCL
19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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