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New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR)

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 Oxford University Press series Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility (edited by David Shoemaker) draws on presentations from this workshop.

Past New Orleans Workshops on Agency and Responsibility

Past New Orleans Workshops on Agency and Responsibility

2017

Tree Over Roof of Building on Tulane University's Campus - The Murphy Institute
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New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR)
Nov 02

2015

Building on Tulane University's Campus from Downward Angle - The Murphy Institute
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New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR)
Nov 05

2013

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New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR)
Nov 07

2011

Statue of Lion Holding Tulane Shield - The Murphy Institute
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New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR)
Nov 03

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