Past Event

The Philosophy of Blame Reflections on the Ethics and Politics of Blame

June 27, 2019 - June 29, 2019
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
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The thematic doctoral workshop “The Philosophy of Blame” is a collaboration between faculty members, young researchers and Ph.D. students of the Philosophy Departments at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Columbia University. The workshop focuses on theoretical, epistemological and normative questions about the nature and functions of blame, questions which we believe ought to be addressed from a wide interdisciplinary perspective able to catalyze innovative ways of thinking. The phenomenon of blame raises a number of important questions of relevance to philosophers and social scientists aiming to understand our social and political practices. What does it mean to blame someone or oneself? How does blame figure in various social practices, including law and conventional morality, and how is it related to politics of exclusion and discrimination? How does blame help to construct or constitute different ways that people might be? Can philosophical reflection help in detecting and modifying inappropriate, unfair or even pathological forms of blame? The workshop will address these central questions and thereby contribute to understanding the nature of blame and how it functions in our modern societies. The research program is driven by three principal objectives: (1) to clarify the nature of blame and blaming attitudes as well as their normative implications; (2) to explain the value or the disvalue of blaming practices; (3) to develop new methodological strategies that foster the inclusion of empirically oriented perspectives into philosophical theorizing. The papers presented at the conference will serve as the basis for a peer-reviewed publication in the form of either an edited volume or a special issue of an academic journal.

The workshop is organized in Paris in collaboration with the Columbia University of New York, with the support of the Alliance Program and the Institut Universitaire de France,

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Registration for attendance and participation is required. Please contact [email protected] and [email protected]