Moral responsibility – hard cases

Centre for Professional Development, CPD5, Medical School
Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Students
Thursday 18th May 2017 (10:15-17:15)
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Sometimes, agents should not be held responsible for what they have done, for example because they lacked relevant information when acting, their reasoning was impaired or because they had insufficient control over their actions.

However, spelling out the conditions when we should refrain from attributing full responsibility for behaviour more precisely frequently leads to controversy. This one day workshop is dedicated to looking at different circumstances and conditions which may impair responsibility. 


  • 10:15 - 10:30 Registration
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Philip Robichaud (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) – Nudging, Bias and Manipulation
  • 11:30 - 11:45 Coffee
  • 11:45 - 12:45 Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham) – Responsibility and Choice Blindness
  • 12:45 - 13:45 Lunch
  • 13:45 - 14:45 James Lenman (University of Sheffield) – Moral Responsibility and Unreasonable People
  • 14:45 - 15:00 Coffee
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Marion Godman (University of Helsinki) – Do casinos enable gambling addicts and corporations enable psychopaths?
  • 16:00 - 16:15 Coffee
  • 16:15 - 17:15 Thomas Schramme (University of Liverpool) – Moral Incapacity and Lack of Responsibility


  • All are welcome, and there is no registration fee, but places are limited (25 maximum)

  • Please register by e-mailing Anneli Jefferson at by 8 May

The workshop is made possible by the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust as part of the project Mental Disorders, Brain Disorders and Moral Responsibility.