Workshop on Responsibility: “Scaffolding Responsibility: the Philosophical, Psychological and Institutional Dimensions of Responsibilizing Agents”

Fri, Nov 9, 2018, 11:00 am to Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 1:30 pm
301 Marx Hall
Workshop on Responsibility

Marx Hall, Room 301

Sponsored by the University Center for Human Values

Chair:  Victoria McGeer

“Scaffolding Responsibility: the philosophical, psychological and

institutional dimensions of responsibilizing agents”

The aim of this workshop is to stimulate discussion on a broad range of topics loosely related to the central theme of “responsibilizing” agents.  In this we hope to provoke some shift of thinking away from a core pre-occupation in much of the responsibility literature – namely, what is it to be a responsible agent and/or responsible for particular acts and/or attitudes – and to consider instead what are the conditions that help support or develop capacities for (taking) responsibility in individual (or even corporate) agents, whether in the aftermath of wrongdoing or otherwise.

Speakers include: Nicola Lacey & Hanna Pickard (joint session); Stephen Darwall, Miranda Fricker, David Shoemaker, and Manuel Vargas

If you would like to attend, please contact Kim Girman (

Friday Nov. 9th
(11:00 am-6:30 pm)

  11:00 am–1:00 pm:  David Shoemaker: “Blameworthy but Unblameable: A Paradox of Corporate Responsibility.” 

LUNCH (1:00-2:00 pm)

  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Stephen Darwall: "Accountability and Non-Ideal Conditions: the Case of Mass Incarceration and White Supremacy"

COFFEE BREAK (4:00- 4:30 pm)

  4:30 pm-6:30 pm: Nicola Lacey/ Hanna Pickard:  “Responsibility without blame and justice for victims? Ousting the remnants of vengeance from criminal law”


Saturday Nov. 10th
(8:30-1:30 pm)

BREAKFAST (8:30-9:00)  – coffee and muffins

  9:00 am-11:00 am: Manuel Vargas: “The social infrastructure of responsibility”

COFFEE BREAK (11-11:30am)

11:30am -1:30pm: Miranda Fricker: ”Moral Persuasions”

LUNCH: sandwiches provided