Responsibility

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Fall 2013 Reading Group
Meets: T 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 4061
1 classroom credit

The identification of a person or entity as being responsible for some action or state of affairs is a basic concern of both law and morality. This reading group will examine puzzles that attend the assignation of responsibility, particularly as they arise in tort and criminal law. These include: (1) when and on what grounds a person can fairly be deemed responsible for an act or outcome; (2) whether attributions of responsibility are necessarily tied to notions of blame; and (3) ways in which one person or entity can be responsible for acts that are in the first instance undertaken by others.

Readings will consist primarily of articles and book excerpts that provide philosophical analyses of responsibility and related topics.

Subject Areas: Disciplinary Perspectives & Law , Legal & Political Theory .