Responsibility in conversation: A functionalist account

When:13 Sep 2016, 12:30pm - 2pm
Venue:Morven Brown 209 (map ref C20)
Who:Michelle Ciurria (UNSW)
Michelle Ciurria

Philosophy Seminar Series

Abstract

This paper defends a conversational-functionalist account of moral responsibility. It argues that moral responsibility attributions are (1) part of a conversational practice in which we express the reactive attitudes to another person, and (2) this practice functions to bring to light relevant information about the target agent’s moral properties, which serves to enhance moral understanding and agency in the conversational participants. This account combines a conversational model of responsibility with a functionalist justification for moral attributions: they’re justified ifthey're likely to enhance moral understanding and agency in the conversational participants.

About Michelle Ciurria

Dr. Ciurria is a member of the Practical Justice Initiative at the University of New South Wales. She works on moral responsibility, feminist epistemology, argumentation theory, and philosophy of psychiatry and psychology. She is currently interested in 'extended' accounts of responsibility that identify external (interpersonal, social, political) conditions required for or implicated in responsible agency - conditions such as positive relationships, trust, financial means, and social infrastructure.

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