Aspects of Responsibility

Jul 14 - 25, 2008

Application deadline for scholarship applications: 14 March, 2008
Application deadline for fee-paying applications: 30 May, 2008

Course Director: Mark Balaguer, California State University, Los Angeles

Course Manager: András Szigeti, CEU, Budapest

Faculty: Terry Horgan, University of Arizona, USA
János Kis, CEU, Budapest
Tim O'Connor, Indiana University, USA
Thomas Schmidt, Humboldt University of Berlin

The course focuses on moral responsibility as a central concern of philosophical ethics and metaphysics. It also explores the relationship between responsibility and other important philosophical concepts such as agency, freedom, moral luck, moral dilemmas, emotions, punishment, character and institutional action. By considering different aspects of responsibility, the course seeks to show why responsibility matters and how much really turns on our perception of ourselves as responsible beings.

The course will be divided into two parts. The first part will be devoted to the metaphysics of moral responsibility. The second part of the course will concentrate on responsibility as an ethical concept.