On Mar 29, the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom will host David Shoemaker, Professor of Philosophy at Tulane University. The title of his talk is "Response-Dependent Responsibility; Or, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Anger." (Abstract below.)
Wednesday, Mar 29, 12:30-1:45pm, in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center, Marshall 280 (right above Paradise Bakery). Feel free to bring lunch.
For further information, please visit the Arizona Freedom Center at http://freedomcenter.arizona.edu/colloquium
Response-Dependent Responsibility; Or, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Anger
I attempt to provide and defend what I believe is the first actual argument in support of P.F. Strawson’s merely stated vision of a response-dependent theory of moral responsibility. I do so by way of an extended analogy with the funny. I begin by making the easier and less controversial case for response-dependence about the funny. Then I show the tight analogy between anger and amusement in developing the harder and more controversial case for response-dependence about the blameworthy (and thus the responsible).