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Group Agency and Belief Workshop

Research Project: Epistemology: Current Themes

July 1 - July 2

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St Salvators Quad, School III, The University of St Andrews. July 1-2, 2019

Local organiser: Jessica Brown (jab30@st-andrews.ac.uk).

Speakers: Gunnar Bjornsson (Stockholm); Jessica Brown (St Andrews); Stephanie Collins (Australian Catholic University); Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern); Hans Bernard Schmid (Vienna); Deborah Tollefsen (Memphis).

Traditionally, philosophical work on moral responsibility has focused on the individual agent. However, there’s been a recent explosion of work on the moral responsibility of groups, whether structured groups such as companies; or unstructured groups such as Westerners. In ordinary life, we often criticise such groups for their activities, apparently holding them responsible and blameworthy. Just as in the case of individuals, our assessment of a group’s actions seems sensitive to epistemological considerations: was a group ignorant that it was doing wrong? Even if it was ignorant, should it have known it was doing wrong? Did it act on justified beliefs? The aim of this workshop is to bring together epistemologists interested in group belief and those working in philosophy of mind and ethics on group action and agency to illuminate central questions concerning group agency and responsibility.

This workshop is part of a series funded by a grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh – for details, see https://blameandresponsibility.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/


July 1
July 2


School III
United College, St salvators Quad
St Andrews, KY169AL United Kingdom
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Other events in Epistemology: Current Themes

Dec 2015: Epistemic Incoherence

Jan 2016: Philosophical Progress

May 2016: Testimony and Context

May 2016: Complex Disagreement

Jun 2016: Sensing Strange Things

Sep 2016: The Metaphysics of Knowledge I: Epistemic Indexing

Jun 2017: Blame and Norms

Dec 2017: Metaphysics of Knowledge Workshop II