Stephen Darwall (Yale University)

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14 décembre 2015 @ 13:00 – 15:00
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Z-310 Pavillon Claire McNicoll
2900 Boulevard Edouard-Montpetit
Montréal, QC H3T 1J4

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


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.