Groups, Sympathy, and the Second Person
Nicolai Krejberg Knudsen (Aarhus University)

December 5, 2023, 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg

Renströmsgatan 6


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Nicolai Knudsen (Aarhus; will give a self-standing talk entitled "Groups, Sympathy, and the Second Person" on Tuesday December 5, 13:15-15:00 at the University of Gothenburg. Everyone is welcome!

Abstract: We often hold people accountable for acting on second-person reasons, but under which conditions, if any, are groups fit to be held accountable for acting on second-person reasons? In this talk, I argue that groups are second-personally competent if and only if they have emergent capacities for sympathy, for acting on that sympathy, and for self-reactive attitudes. Focusing especially on loosely structured groups without decision-making procedures, I argue that the required capacities can emerge out of and be realized by the interdependent exercise of functionally similar member-level capacities.

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