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Conference – Collective and Temporally Extended Rights and Wrongs (Day 1)

Tuesday February 6, 2018

A Halbert Network Workshop

Paradigmatic cases of moral obligations and wrongdoing involve a single act of an individual towards specific persons. However, many cases of moral obligations and wrong do not have this structure. I can wrong a student by repeatedly failing to call on her in class, even if I am not obligated to call on her on any specific occasion. It seems also that we together can wrong others even though no individual act of any of us wrongs any specific other person. A similar structure presents itself in theories of practical reason and collective rationality. Philosophers have examined the rational demands on behaviour that obtain in virtue of projects, plans, and commitments that extend through time. In the area of collective action, we may ask how my participation in a collective action contributes to the assessment of what is rational for me to do.


Tuesday, February 6 (Location: Jackman Humanities Building Rm. 418)
2:45 – 4:15 pm Haim Abraham (Toronto), Corrective Justice Duties for Belligerent Wrongs
4:30 – 6:00 pm Alon Harel (HUJI) & Ofer Malcai (HUJI), Vox Populi Vox Dei: Populism, Elitism and Private Reason

Wednesday, February 7 (Location: Centre for Ethics, Larkin Building Rm. 200)
9:15 – 10:45 am Emma McClure (Toronto), Microaggressions as Collective Harms and Individual Wrongs
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Daniel Attas (HUJI), Who Owns Cultural Heritage?
2 – 3:30 pm Julia Nefsky (Toronto), Global Warming, Individual Obligations and the Inefficacy Problem: the Need for an Imperfect View
3:45 – 5:15 pm Rona Dinur (HUJI), Intentional Discrimination


Sergio Tenenbaum
Professor of Philosophy
University of Toronto


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