Mar 29 - Freedom Center Colloquium Series: David Shoemaker

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Wed, 03/29/2017 -
12:30 to 13:45

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

 

ABSTRACT
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).

 

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