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February 2020

Research Seminar Spring 2020 (4): The act requirement

4 February 2020 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm
Department of Philosophy, UCL, 19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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The fourth meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2020) will take place from 16.00 to 18.00, on Tuesday 4 February, 2020, in the seminar room at the Department of Philosophy, UCL (19 Gordon Square). For this meeting, we will focus on questions about the act requirement: Does criminal responsibility depend on the performance of a voluntary act? What is a voluntary act, in the relevant sense? Is there a convincing rationale for the requirement? Readings: Moore, Michael…

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Research Seminar Spring 2020 (5): The doctrine of double effect

11 February 2020 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm
Department of Philosophy, UCL, 19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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The fifth meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2020) will take place from 16.00 to 18.00, on Tuesday 11 February, 2020, in the seminar room at the Department of Philosophy, UCL (19 Gordon Square). For this meeting, we will focus on questions about the doctrine of double effect: What is the relationship between intending and foreseeing? What moral or legal significance does the distinction between them have? Readings: McMahan, Jeff. 2009. “Intention, Permissibility, Terrorism, and War.” Philosophical Perspectives 23:…

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Research Seminar Spring 2020 (6): Responsiveness to reasons

25 February 2020 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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The sixth meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2020) will take place from 16.00 to 18.00, on Tuesday 25 February, 2020, in Room 243, on the second floor of the Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU (Note the change of venue). . For this meeting, we will focus on questions about responsiveness to reasons: Does moral responsibility depend on the availability of alternative possible courses of action? What is the connection between rationality and responsibility? Readings:…

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March 2020

Research Seminar Spring 2020 (7): Responsibility for attitudes

3 March 2020 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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The seventh meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2020) will take place from 16.00 to 18.00, on Tuesday 3 March, 2020, in Room 243, on the second floor of the Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU (Note the change of venue). For this meeting, we will focus on questions about responsibility for attitudes: Can I be morally responsible for my psychological states or attitudes, if they cannot be acquired voluntarily? What about my emotions and my…

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Research Seminar Spring 2020 (8): Justifications and excuses

10 March 2020 @ 3:30 pm5:30 pm
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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The eighth meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2020) will take place from 15.30 to 17.30, on Tuesday 10 March, 2020, in Room G27, on the ground floor of the Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU (Note the change of venue and time). For this meeting, we will focus on questions about justifications and excuses: How are justification and excuse related to each other? Is one concept more basic than the other? How do they exculpate,…

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Research Seminar Spring 2020 (9): Varieties of responsibility

17 March 2020 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm
Department of Philosophy, UCL, 19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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The ninth meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2020) will take place from 16.00 to 18.00, on Tuesday 17 March, 2020, in the seminar room at the Department of Philosophy, UCL (19 Gordon Square). (We revert to the usual venue and time). For this meeting, we will focus on questions about varieties of responsibility: What kinds of responsibility are worth distinguishing? How are they related to each other, and how are they related to causation? Readings: Shoemaker,…

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Research Seminar Spring 2020 (10): Responsibility and liability

24 March 2020 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm
Department of Philosophy, UCL, 19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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The tenth and final meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2020) will take place from 16.00 to 18.00, on Tuesday 24 March, 2020, in the seminar room at the Department of Philosophy, UCL (19 Gordon Square). For this meeting, we will focus on questions about responsibility and liability: What is the relationship between responsibility and liability? Is moral responsibility always or normally “strict”? Does Duff’s distinction between responsibility and liability have any bearing on traditional philosophical problems…

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May 2020

Victor Tadros (Warwick) – “Treatment and Accountability” (RoR special lecture #3)

21 May 2020 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm
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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…

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September 2020

RoR WS – Mistakes, Ignorance, and Blameworthiness

1 September 2020 @ 5:00 pm2 September 2020 @ 8:00 pm
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RoR will sponsor a research workshop on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September 2020, online via Zoom. The workshop is organised by Claire Field, one of RoR’s post-doctoral research fellows, and it examines the relationship between mistakes, ignorance and blameworthiness. The speakers are: Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff), Nathan Biebel (Tulane), Zoë Johnson King (USC), and Holly Smith (Rutgers). Their papers will be circulated two weeks in advance of the workshop. Participants are expected to read the papers in advance. For more details, see this post. To register your interest in attending, please visit this Eventbrite page.  

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October 2020

Dana Kay Nelkin (UC San Diego) – “Quality of Will and Control: Concepts and Conceptions” (RoR special lecture #4)

27 October 2020 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm
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The fourth lecture in the series of special invited lectures for Roots of Responsibility will be given by Professor Dana Kay Nelkin (UC San Diego), from 16.00–18.00 UK time on Tuesday 27 October, 2020. It will be streamed online via Zoom. For details of this lecture, see this post. All are welcome, but registration is essential; if you are interested in attending, please register from the Eventbrite page. --- Quality of Will and Control: Concepts and Conceptions Abstract: Two big ideas have taken center…

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