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October

Project commencement

1 October

The ERC advanced grant project, The Roots of Responsibility: Metaphysics, Humanity, and Society, officially commenced on 1 October 2018. Its Principal Investigator is John Hyman, Grote Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College London. Roots of Responsibility advances traditional philosophical debates about responsibility and free will by exploring the network of human capacities responsibility involves and the social, institutional and interpersonal contexts in which questions about responsibility arise. In each of the five years of the…

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January

Research Seminar Spring 2019 (1): Practical reasoning

9 January @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
Department of Philosophy, University College London, 19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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The first meeting of the project research seminar will take place from 10.00 to 12.00, on Wednesday 9 January, 2019, in the seminar room at the Department of Philosophy, UCL (19 Gordon Square). For this meeting, we will focus on practical reasoning. The target readings are: Anscombe, G. E. M. 1989. “Practical Inference” (originally “Von Wright on Practical Inference”). In The Philosophy of Georg Henrik von Wright (eds. P. A. Schlipp and L. E. Hahn; Open Court). Repr. in G. E. M.…

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Research Seminar Spring 2019 (2): Voluntary Action

16 January @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
Department of Philosophy, University College London, 19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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The second meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2019) will take place from 10.00 to 12.00, on Wednesday 16 January, 2019, in the seminar room at the Department of Philosophy, UCL (19 Gordon Square). For this meeting, we will focus on voluntary action. The target readings are: Hart, H. L. A. 2008 (1960). “Acts of will and responsibility.” In The Jubilee Lectures of the Faculty of Law, University of Sheffield (ed. O. R. Marshall; Stevens & Sons). Repr. in Punishment and…

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Research Seminar Spring 2019 (3): the act requirement

23 January @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
Department of Philosophy, University College London, 19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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The third meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2019) will take place from 10.00 to 12.00, on Wednesday 23 January, 2019, in the seminar room at the Department of Philosophy, UCL (19 Gordon Square). For this meeting, we will focus on the act requirement. The target readings are: Moore, Michael S. 1993. Act and Crime. Oxford UP. Ch. 1 “Introduction” and ch. 2 “The Doctrinal Unity of the Act Requirement.” Available (via subscription) on Oxford Scholarship Online. Husak, Douglas. 2006.…

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Research Seminar Spring 2019 (4): Responsibility and liability

30 January @ 10:00 am
Department of Philosophy, University College London, 19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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The fourth meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2019) will take place from 10.00 to 12.00, on Wednesday 30 January, 2019, in the seminar room at the Department of Philosophy, UCL (19 Gordon Square). For this meeting, we will focus on the distinction between responsibility and liability. The target readings are: Hart, H. L. A. 2008 (1967). “Postscript: Responsibility and Retribution.” In Punishment and Responsibility (2nd edn.; Oxford UP). Duff, R. A. 2007. Answering for Crime: Responsibility and Liability in the…

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February

Research Seminar Spring 2019 (5): Responsiveness to reasons

6 February @ 10:00 am
Department of Philosophy, University College London, 19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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The fifth meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2019) will take place from 10.00 to 12.00, on Wednesday 30 January, 2019, in the seminar room at the Department of Philosophy, UCL (19 Gordon Square). For this meeting, we will focus on the idea of responsiveness to reasons. The target readings are: Wolf, Susan. 1987. “Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility.” In Responsibility, Character, and the Emotions: New Essays in Moral Psychology (ed. Ferdinand Schoeman; CambridgeUP), 46–62. Raz, Joseph. 2011. From…

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Research Seminar Spring 2019 (6): Free will and causation

20 February @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
Department of Philosophy, University College London, 19 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0EW United Kingdom
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The sixth meeting of the project research seminar this term (Spring 2019) will take place from 10.00 to 12.00, on Wednesday 20 February, 2019, in the seminar room at the Department of Philosophy, UCL (19 Gordon Square). For this meeting, we will focus on free will and causation. The target readings are: Kenny, Anthony. 1975. Will, Freedom and Power. Blackwell. Ch. 7 “Spontaneity, Indifference, and Ability” and ch. 8 “Freedom and Determinism.” List, Christian. forthcoming. Why Free Will is Real. Excerpts…

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Angela Smith: ‘Who’s Afraid of a Little Resentment?’ (Hart Seminar, Surrey)

20 February @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm
Surrey Centre for Law & Philosophy, University of Surrey School of Law, Frank Whittle Building, 5th Floor
Guildford, GU2 7XH United Kingdom
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The Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy at the University of Surrey School of Law is hosting a seminar with Angela Smith, as part of their Hart Seminar series. This is a pre-read seminar, and the reading will be circulated to registered attendees in advance of the meeting. To see more details of the event (including the abstract of the paper), and to register, visit this page. Thanks Professor Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco for drawing our attention to this event.

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