Group Agency and Belief Workshop
Research Project: Epistemology: Current Themes
July 1 - July 2
St Salvators Quad, School III, The University of St Andrews. July 1-2, 2019
Local organiser: Jessica Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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/
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
Jun 2017: Blame and Norms
Dec 2017: Metaphysics of Knowledge Workshop II