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‘Taking Responsibility While Refusing To Blame’ colloquium, April 13

Daniel Breyer

Daniel Breyer

As part of the Philosophy Colloquium, “Taking Responsibility While Refusing To Blame” will be delivered by Daniel Breyer, associate professor of philosophy, at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in 401A Stevenson Hall.

Free will skeptics argue that human freedom is so fragile that no one is sufficiently free to qualify as morally responsible. By contrast, optimists argue that moral responsibility plays such a central role in our lives that we cannot afford to abandon it. Free will skeptics emphasize the fragility of freedom, while optimists emphasize the importance of responsibility. This talk will briefly sketch a novel theory of freedom and responsibility that attempts to capture what is most compelling about both skepticism and optimism. The talk will focus on explaining how we can take genuine responsibility for our actions, while refusing to blame.

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