Conference on Moral Responsibility

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Social Philosophy and Policy Conference on Moral Responsibility

The 2017 Social Philosophy & Policy Tucson conference will help to define future philosophical study of moral responsibility. Authors have been invited to develop novel approaches to questions in the field, while at the same time addressing the state of research in moral responsibility today.

Current approaches to questions of moral responsibility take several distinct forms. Philosophers like T. M. Scanlon may think of moral responsibility as falling squarely within the domain of first-order moral theory: blameworthiness results from impaired relationships with others. A second group focuses on presuppositions of agency as embedded in reactive attitudes. Here, the possession of agency-capacities is especially important. Yet others take a “bottom up” approach to theorizing about moral responsibility: metaphysical questions ought to be understood independently of the nature of moral responsibility, but some sort of free agency is required for moral responsibility.

These three ideas have shaped research in the field in recent years. In part, this conference aims to highlight some of the philosophers who will define the next generation of thought on moral responsibility. By bringing these scholars and luminaries in the field together, we hope to create a productive and stimulating weekend. Papers from this conference will be featured in the summer 2019 issue of Social Philosophy & Policy. The guest editor for this issue is Michael McKenna, Keith Lehrer Chair of Philosophy at the University of Arizona.

Our distinguished list of participants include:

  • Kristin Mickelson, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Gothenburg
  • Christopher Franklin, Professor of Philosophy, Grove City College
  • Macalester Bell, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bryn Mawr College
  • Santiago Amaya, Associate Professor in Philosophy, Universidad de los Andes
  • Kelly McCormick, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Texas Christian University
  • Dana Nelkin, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
  • Chandra Sripada, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Philosophy, University of Michigan
  • Justin Capes, Assistant Professor of philosophy, Flagler College
  • Meghan Griffith, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Davidson College
  • Mirja Pérez de Calleja, Graduate Student, Florida State University
  • Michael Robinson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Chapman University
  • Robert Kane, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin