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Philosophy Colloquium – Daniel Breyer
TITLE: Responsibility and Practical Stakes
ABSTRACT: In this talk, I’ll examine the relatively unexplored relationship between practical stakes and moral responsibility. In particular, I’ll argue that considerations about practical stakes affect the justification conditions for holding others responsible in important and surprising ways. To frame my discussion, I’ll sketch three different senses of “practical stakes:” practical stakes as harm; practical stakes as subjective personal interest; and practical stakes as objective personal interest. I’ll argue not only that ascriptions of moral responsibility are sensitive to practical stakes in each of these senses, but also that any adequate theory of moral responsibility has to take this into account.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
WHERE: Stevenson Hall – 401A
TIME: 5 p.m.