Walker, Mary marwalker at csu.edu.au
Tue Sep 29 08:36:56 AEST 2015


1:00pm to 5:00pm , 13th November 2015.

Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) Charles Sturt University

Room G.09, 10 -12 Brisbane Avenue, Barton, ACT 2600

This symposium is a launch of CAPPE's newly formed 'Rationality, Agency and Responsibility in Social Groups,' which looks at issues related to social epistemology, judgement, group agency and collective responsibility as well as the application of these.

The symposium features three papers with discussion as outlined below. Replies to two papers will also be given.

Everyone is welcome and the symposium is free of charge, however space is limited. To reserve your space, please email Dr Kylie Bourne at kbourne at csu.edu.au<mailto:kbourne at csu.edu.au> or call on (02)6272 2678. A limited number of visitor car spaces are also available.


1:00 pm to 1:05pm           Opening and Welcome

Prof. Suzanne Uniacke, Director CAPPE, CSU

1:05pm to 1:45pm            "Unifying Group Rationality"

                                                Dr Matt Kopec, Research Fellow, CAPPE

Different authors in the burgeoning field of social epistemology often use very distinct notions of group rationality or justified group belief. In this essay, I offer an account of group rationality that unifies the dominant notions present in the literature. I argue that if we employ a teleological account of epistemic rationality, and allow that there are many different epistemic goals that are worth pursuing for various groups and individuals, we can then see how those seemingly divergent understandings of group rationality are all intimately related. I close by showing how the view allows us to generate normative suggestions when applied to real life groups.

This paper will be followed by 20 minutes discussion

1:45pm to 2:05pm            Reply by Professor Seumas Miller, Professor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University

2:05 pm to 2:45pm           "Experimentation by industrial selection"

                                                Dr Justin Bruner, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Philosophy, Australian National University.

In recent years the social structure of scientific inquiry has generated considerable interest.  Yet prior work on the topic tends to ignore the fact that in broad swaths of science unscrupulous characters (pharmaceuticals, tobacco companies, etc.) often have incentive to promote a claim regardless of the underlying facts.  We consider two ways industry can guide group inquiry and explore a few means honest communities of truth-seekers can resist the influence of biased agents.

This paper will be followed by 20 minutes discussion

3:05pm to 3:35pm             Afternoon Tea break

3:35pm to 4:15pm             "In what ways are acts of cyberaggression collective?"

                                                Dr Kylie Bourne, Research Associate, CAPPE

Victims of acts of cyberagression talk about their experiences of online bullying, trolling and shaming in ways that suggest these acts were performed by groups of people. How are we to make sense of such talk? In this paper I argue that although some cases of cyberaggression are aggregations of individual actions such that terms like 'they' and 'the group' make sense as kinds of linguistic shorthand for large amounts of people, other cases involve actions performed by agential collectives. I advance a taxonomic distinction between these 'aggregative' and 'cohesive' groups and argue that in some instances the actions of these online cohesive groups can be morally evaluable in the same way that we evaluate some groups in the physical world.

This paper will be followed by 20 minutes discussion

4:35pm to 4:50pm             Reply by Professor Seumas Miller, Professor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University

4:50pm to 5:00pm             Thank you and close, Prof Suzanne Uniacke, Director CAPPE

After the closure of the symposium all are welcome to join us as we adjourn to the Walt and Barley, Kingston Foreshore for (self-funded) refreshments.

Mary Walker
Research Assistant
Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics

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