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NOWAR 1 (2011)

Inaugural Meeting



Open to all, with free registration. Registration is required. Contact David Shoemaker at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register.

Keynote Speakers

  • Sarah Buss, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan
  • Gary Watson, Provost Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Southern California

NOWAR is a biennial workshop featuring the presentation of sophisticated original research on issues roughly captured under the label “agency and responsibility.” This general area involves investigation of such questions as: What does it mean to be an agent? How (if at all) does the nature of personhood and personal identity across time bear on questions of agency? What is the nature of, and relation between, moral and criminal responsibility? What is the relation between responsibility and the metaphysical issues of determinism and free will? What do various psychological disorders (autism, psychopathy, cognitive disabilities) tell us about agency and responsibility? What is involved in the development of moral agency? What is the will, willpower, and weakness (or strength) of will? What do the results from neuroscience imply (if anything) for our questions about agency and responsibility? What is the nature of autonomy and how is it related to agency and responsibility?

Work in agency and responsibility, while more or less having a home base in the world of moral philosophy, draws from a host of cross-disciplinary sources, including moral psychology, psychology proper (experimental, developmental, etc.), philosophy of psychology, philosophy of law, legal theory, metaphysics, neuroscience, neuroethics, political philosophy, and more. It is unified by its focus on who we are as deliberators and (inter)actors, embodied practical agents negotiating (sometimes unsuccessfully) a world of moral and legal norms.

The workshop, sponsored by the generous support of the Murphy Institute at Tulane University, will typically involve 12 presentations (including keynote speakers), from which will be drawn the papers contributing to a new OUP book series, Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility (to be edited by David Shoemaker).

All workshop events will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, a few blocks from the French Quarter. A limited number of rooms at reduced rates have been set aside at the Intercontinental for NOWAR attendees. Follow this link to make reservations

Contact Info

For any details about NOWAR, please feel free to contact the workshop organizer:

David Shoemaker
Associate Professor
Dept. of Philosophy & Murphy Institute
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118
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