For those of you who will be at the Pacific Division Meeting of the APA next week, don't forget to attend the SPA group session. The session is on themes from Donald Davidson's "Actions, Reasons, and Causes" (the fiftieth anniversary of this essay's publication is this year).
If you are thinking "I work on free will, why should I care about issues from a paper that was primarily focused on presenting and defending a causal theory of reason-explanations of action?," then you should probably read section 1.2 of this. In any case, information about the session is below. I hope to see many of you there. It should be a great session. (Incidentally, the smoker with free beer is after this session.)
2013 Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association Meeting, March 27-31, Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, CA.
Topic: Davidsonian Causalism: Themes from Davidson's "Actions, Reasons, and Causes"
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 6:00-9:00 PM
Chair: Michael Brent (Carthage College)
Speaker: Sarah Paul (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
"The Force of the 'Because'"
Commentator: George Wilson (University of Southern California)
"Davidson's Challenge to the Non-causalist"
Commentator: Alfred Mele (Florida State University)
For those attending the Pacific APA, there are loads of sessions on agency apart from the one mentioned by Joe that should be of interest to readers of this blog. Also, apart from the main program, the Experimental Philosophy Society group session (Wednesday, 6:00-9:00) includes papers on agency and there will be a Society for Philosophy of Agency group session on Thursday evening (details on the latter will be posted soon)
For now, Roman Altshuler was kind enough to compile a list of sessions in the main program that deal with agency broadly (and not just the free will debate) or include papers on agency. I have pasted the list below. (Apologies to anyone whose session was overlooked.)
The fun commences with the session on free will Joe mentioned and ends with a session on "Agency and Pathologies of the Self" featuring Al Mele, Walter Sinnot-Armstrong, Jesse Summers, and David Shoemaker.
This is the final call for abstracts for the second biennial New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR), to be held in New Orleans, LA at the Intercontinental Hotel on November 7-9, 2013. Abstracts are welcome on any topic having to do with agency and/or responsibility. Perspectives beyond just those from moral philosophy (e.g., psychology, legal theory, neuroscience, economics, metaphysics, and more) are welcome. (To see more about the workshop’s general aims and other details, follow this link.) More info below the fold.
Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will: Legal and Philosophical Reflections
4 May 2013
Registrations open shortly
David Hodgson's final book, Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will (Oxford University Press 2012), published in the year of his death, focuses on two of his most significant philosophical interests, consciousness and free will, but it also considers the significance of these topics for the law. On Saturday 4 May 2013, a conference will be held at Sydney Law School at the University of Sydney, which sadly must mark his passing, but on a more positive note will critically analyse legal and philosophical themes in the book.
Often the topics of consciousness and free will have been treated in separate literatures and one of the interesting features of this book (and this conference) is the bringing together of these two areas of philosophy. However, the book and David Hodgson's work more generally is unusual in that it benefits from his work as a philosopher and his career as a legal scholar, legal practitioner and ultimately a Judge of Appeal of the New South Wales Supreme Court.
The conference will be of interest not just to philosophers and legal scholars, but to solicitors, barristers and judges, as the sections of book that consider the implications of Hodgson's view for law will be a significant part of the conference. Other presentations will focus on the themes of consciousness and free will.
Michael McKenna has put together an outstanding lineup of folks working on agency and responsibility for an upcoming workshop at Arizona. Here are the details:
Workshop on Free Will & Moral Responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Center for the Philosophy of Freedom
University of Arizona
Social Sciences Building, Room 224
February 15-16, 2013
Friday, February 15
3:00 - 5:00
Dana Kay Nelkin, University of California, San Diego
"Psychopaths, Incorrigible Racists, and Kinds of Responsibility"
Chair: Chad van Schoelandt
Saturday, February 16
9:30 – 11:30
Derk Pereboom, Cornell University
"Free Will Skepticism, Blame, and Obligation"
Chair: Yael Lowenstein
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:00
Gunnar Bjornsson, Umea University, University of Gothenburg
“Ignorance, responsibility, and the attraction of conscious control”
Chair: Hannah Tierney
3:15 – 5:15
Manuel Vargas, University of San Francisco
“Negligence, Reasons, Responsibility”
Chair: Brandon Warmke
For questions, contact the conference organizer, Michael McKenna, at email@example.com.