[SydPhil] Julian Savulescu "Enhancing Responsibility" Public Lecture: Tuesday 9 December
jeanette.kennett at mq.edu.au
Thu Dec 4 10:28:14 AEDT 2014
Julian Savulescu (University of Oxford), "Enhancing Responsibility"Macquarie
University Centre for Agency Values and Ethics Public Lecture: Tuesday 9
*Time: 17:30 - 19:00Venue: E7B 100 Theatrette *
Abstract: Responsibility is central our conceptions of ourselves as
persons. People "take responsibility" for their actions. But what does this
mean? Recent neuroscience and psychology are calling into question whether
free will exists and whether people are "in control" of their actions. How
should we decide whether criminals are responsible, in light of recent
neuroscientific research? Should people suffering from lifestyle diseases,
such as alcoholism, smoking and obesity, be held responsible for their ill
health and given lower priority in health delivery?
I will explore these questions and whether responsibility could be enhanced
by biomedical means. I will argue that we both can and should enhance
About Professor Savulescu
Julian Savulescu is a world leader in practical ethics. He holds the Uehiro
Chair for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford and is Director of
both the Institute for Science and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. He is
the author of over 250 publications, including his 2012 book, Unfit for the
Future: The Needs for Moral Enhancement, co-authored with Ingmar Persson
and published by Oxford University Press. He is also the editor of Journal
of Medical Ethics and founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics.
Julian Savulescu contributes to the public understanding and discussion of
practical ethics, through appearances on TV, radio and in the print media.
Jeanette Kennett FAHA
Professor of Moral Psychology
Cognitive Science CORE
Department of Philosophy
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