Oct 27, 2017 • Philosophy Colloquium: Gunnar Bjornsson


Fri, 10/27/2017 - 15:00 to 17:00


The Fall 2017 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Gunnar Bjornson (University of Stockhom).  His talk is titled "Shared Responsibility Refined." (Abstract below)

Friday, Oct 27, 3-5pm, Maloney Seminar Room, Social Sciences 224.



In ordinary moral thinking, we often attribute responsibility to groups of agents for outcomes or actions over which no individual had the sort of control required for individual responsibility. We might blame a group of teenagers for keeping the neighbors awake throughout the night, or affluent people for not significantly decreasing the threat of catastrophic climate change. In some such cases, we might be understood as attributing responsibility to a group conceived of as a moral agent in its own right. But many cases are not plausibly understood in such a way. The question of this talk is how to make sense of this important part of moral thinking. I refine and defend an account which understands attributions of shared responsibility as involving the very same broadly Strawsonian concept of responsibility that is involved in attributions of individual responsibility.

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