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"Does Neuroscience Undermine Responsibility?" Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 5:00pm
"Does Neuroscience Undermine Responsibility?" Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Philosophy Club at Portland State presents:

Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong:
"Does Neuroscience Undermine Responsibility?"

Thursday, April 3, 5 p.m.
SMSU 101

Many smart people think that recent advances in neuroscience show that nobody ever really has free will or moral responsibility. Equally smart opponents think that neuroscience is irrelevant to moral and legal judgments of responsibility. These debates continue partly because both sides conflate distinct issues about causes vs. effects of our wills. After these confusions are removed, we will be able to see that neuroscience does not undermine free will or responsibility in general but still does have important implications in certain particular cases.

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Philosophy Department and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He is also core faculty in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Walter publishes widely in normative moral theory, metaethics, applied ethics, moral psychology and neuroscience, philosophy of law, epistemology, and philosophy of religion. His current research focuses on empirical moral psychology and neuroscience (including experiments on psychopaths) and on the implications of neuroscience for the legal system and for free will and moral responsibility (including the responsibility of addicts).

This event is free and open to the public.