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Stephen Darwall (Yale University)

Date et heure : 14 décembre 2015 @ 13:00 – 15:00
Emplacement : Université de Montréal, Pavillon Claire-McNicoll, Z-310

Le GRIN et le CRÉ sont heureux d’accueillir Stephen Darwall (Yale University) qui offrira une présentation intitulée « Taking Account of Character ».

Résumé: Philosophers often distinguish between responsibility as attributability and responsibility as accountability. The former involves attributing an agent’s action to some motivational feature of her character as a reflection of her virtue or vice. Such attributions are thus aretaic. Holding someone accountable, on the other hand, has a distinctive connection to the deontic, to moral obligations or requirements with which we are accountable for complying. I begin by developing these differences and showing how they can explain some otherwise puzzling empirical findings in our attribution of intention (the so-called « Knobe effect »). Then I argue that there are nonetheless ways in which we are accountable for aspects of our character.