CFP: Responsible persons

Submission deadline: February 28, 2022

Conference date(s):
December 16, 2022 - December 18, 2022

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Conference Venue:

Tilburg University
Tilburg, Netherlands


Taking responsibility 
The 8th René Descartes Lectures 
Tilburg University (The Netherlands) 
16th to 18th December 2022 

Keynote lectures

Professor Cheshire Calhoun (Arizona State University, USA): Responsible Persons

Invited Commentators: 

Gunnar Björnsson (Stockholm University, Sweden) 

Jules Holroyd (University of Sheffield, UK) 

Heidi Maibom (University of Cincinnati, USA) 

Every other year, a distinguished philosopher visits Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) to present the René Descartes Lectures. We are thrilled to announce that next year’s René Descartes Lecturer is Professor Cheshire Calhoun (Arizona State University). Professor Calhoun will deliver three lectures on the topic Responsible persons, each of which will be commented on by a renowned scholar. 
Parallel to the lectures, we will host a workshop on the topic of Taking Responsibility. For this workshop, we invite submissions in the form of extended abstracts (up to 1000 words) by 28th February. Unfortunately, we are not able to fund accommodation or travel costs of those selected to present, but please indicate in your cover sheet if you are a scholar with no travel/research funds and this is the only obstacle to your participation (we might be able to find some travel funds for eligible early career scholars). 
We will prioritize papers dealing with practical dimensions of responsibility. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:  

- Responsibility, oppression and discrimination  

- Values and responsibility 

-Responsibility and reactive attitudes 

- Practical restrictions to responsibility (psychiatric disorders, socio-economic, etc) 

- The psychology of responsibility attributions 

- Relationship between moral and non-moral responsibility (eg. epistemic, aesthetic)  

- Responsibility of and within relationships 

- Responsibility beyond humanity (Artificial Intelligence systems, non-human animals, etc.) 

- Responsibility beyond the individual (groups, families, social organizations, countries, etc.) 

- Scaffolding of responsibilities 

- Reparation and apologies 

- Responsibility and social change 

- Ameliorative notions of responsibility 
Abstracts should be submitted ready for blind review via Please direct any questions you may have to [email protected]  
Alfred Archer 
Miguel Egler 
Pilar Lopez Cantero 
Maureen Sie

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