CFP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Moral Responsibility

Conference on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Moral Responsibility


March 27, 2015

Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

Moral responsibility has consistently been a salient issue in disciplines such as the law, psychology, psychiatry, and philosophy. The questions about social, cognitive, and psychological constraints on legal and moral responsibility are ever-evolving with advances in technology and knowledge. This conference seeks to address cutting-edge applied issues in moral and legal responsibility.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Keynote: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
  • Invited: Teneille Brown, William Hirstein, David Polizzi, Adina Roskies, Katrina Sifferd, Chandra Sripada, Nicole Vincent

We invite papers that fall under two broad themes.

  1. Understanding moral responsibility based on changes in what we know: Examples of questions under this theme include, but are not limited to the following: What are the legal implications of fMRIs in the courtroom? Can neuroscience aid the courtroom in assessing moral responsibility? Do advances in understanding how the mind/brain works change our moral responsibility practices? How do practitioners’ underlying assumptions about moral responsibility inform their disciplinary practices?
  1. Understanding moral responsibility in applied contexts:  Examples of questions under this theme include, but are not limited to the following:  Do personality disorders, schizophrenia, dementia, or attention-deficit disorder affect moral or legal responsibility? What are the implications for how we draw the distinction between addiction and compulsion? Between weakness of will and compulsion? Are we morally responsible for implicit biases? Are we legally and/or morally responsible for unconscious thought processes?

To submit, please send a 1000-1200 word abstract prepared for blind review to the gmail account: MRConf2015. The deadline is October 1, 2014.

Please address questions to Chris Weigel to the gmail account: weigelch.

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