Collective Obligation Workshop

May 22, 2014 - May 23, 2014
School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

Room 2.016/17 (Boardroom), Arthur Lewis Building, Oxford Road
United Kingdom


  • Royal Institute of Philosophy
  • Manchester Centre for Political Theory
  • University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities Strategic Investment Research Fund (SIRF)

All speakers:

Stephanie Collins
University of Manchester
Syracuse University
Frank Hindriks
University of Groningen
Holly Lawford-Smith
Sheffield University
Avia Pasternak
University of Essex
Felix Pinkert
Oxford University
Adina Preda
University of Limerick
Kai Spiekermann
London School of Economics


Stephanie Collins
University of Manchester

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We often make claims about the obligations of groups. We talk about the obligations of states, of people in a subway car, of the international community, or even of humanity as a whole. Yet the precise nature of these group obligations remains unclear. This workshop brings together philosophers addressing the following (and related) questions: Which groups can bear obligations, if any? How do those obligations distribute to group members? Are group obligations fully reducible to individual obligations? What obligations might ‘outsiders’ have regarding obligation-bearing groups? How do we solve the problem of shortfalls in distributed obligations? How do group obligations shift in circumstances where not all members comply? What obligations do individuals have to ‘trigger’ group action? Speakers will address these and related issues from both theoretical and applied perspectives.

Registration is free and includes lunch, teas, and coffees.

This workshop is open to the public. All are welcome. However, registration is essential.
To register, please email Stephanie Collins:
stephanie.collins @


Delegates are also invited to join speakers for dinner on 22 May at Don Giovanni's (at their own expense). Please register and pay for dinner here

22 May

9.00 – 9.30 Welcome

9.30 – 11.00 Holly Lawford-Smith (Sheffield)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 1.00 Frank Hindriks (Groningen)

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.30 Felix Pinkert (Oxford)

3.30 – 4.00 Coffee break

4.00 – 5.30 Kai Speikermann (LSE)

7pm Dinner (Don Giovanni’s)

23 May

9.30 – 11.00 Johannes Himmelreich (LSE)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 1.00 Avia Pasternak (Essex)

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.30 Adina Preda (Limerick)

3.30 – 4.00 Coffee break

4.00 – 5.30 Stephanie Collins (Manchester)

Part of the Cooperation and Equality project, funded by the University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities Strategic Investment Research Fund (SIRF) for the years 2013-15. More about the project here:

Funding has also been providing by the Manchester Centre for Political Theory.

Academic contact: [email protected]

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