Universiteit Antwerpen

March 13, 2014 | Thomas M. Scanlon on 'Forms and Conditions of Responsibility'

The Department of Philosophy and the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values of the University of Antwerp will jointly host a lecture by Thomas M. Scanlon (Harvard University).

Conditions of moral responsibility are conditions necessary to make some moral consequence appropriate. What these conditions are (what is required in order for a person to be responsible) therefore need to be explained in terms of the kind of consequence in question. One class of such consequences includes positive or negative moral reactions to a person based on what he or she has done or what he or she is like—reactions such as blame, resentment, praise and gratitude. Another class of such consequences are changes in a person’s obligations to others, and theirs to him or her. For example, if I am responsible for a harm to someone else then I may have an obligation to compensate that person, and if I am responsible for a harm to myself this may mean that I have less claim against others for help in dealing with it. One question is whether the conditions of these forms of responsibility are the same. I argue that they are not. One reason for thinking that they are the same is that both depend, fundamentally, on what is under a person’s control, or is a result of his or her choices. I argue that although there is something right about this in the case of both forms of responsibility, it is also wrong in both cases in important respects.

Phil Robichaud, Katrien Schaubroeck, Filippo Santoni de Sio, Maureen Sie, Peter Timmerman, Liesbet Vanhaute



14:00 -17:00
Room D.014, Building D, Grote Kauwenberg, 
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Attendance is free, but places are limited.
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