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Workshop "Normative Capacities"

Jul 04, 2022 - Jul 05, 2022

Workshop „Normative Capacities“

4-5 July 2022 (Mon/Tue), 09:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

Organisers: David Heering and Benjamin Kiesewetter

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Maria Alvarez, King’s College London
  • Joseph Cunningham, University of Nottingham
  • Maria Lasonen-Aarnio, University of Helsinki
  • Errol Lord, University of Pennsylvania
  • Susanne Mantel, Universität des Saarlandes
  • Eric Marcus, Auburn University
  • Erasmus Mayr, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Abstract: Human agents possess normative capacities – capacities to act and believe in response to normative considerations. The project of understanding what the possession and exercise of these capacities amounts to faces a number of challenges and questions situated in the overlap between metaethics, the theory of action, and the metaphysics of abilities: What is it to act or believe for a reason? What type of control is involved in exercising normative capacities, and is it the same for both acting and believing on the basis of reasons? What are the implications of our understanding of normative capacities for the so-called basing relation and the relation between normative and motivating reasons? How is exercising normative capacities tied to normative success and error?

The Workshop will take place in person at the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities "Human Abilities". For registration or questions, please feel free to contact us at heeringdavid@gmail.com.

You can download the full program here (pdf).

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation