Conference: Collective and Temporally Extended Rights and Wrongs


Collective and Temporally Extended Rights and Wrongs
(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 the 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.

Sergio Tenenbaum
Professor of Philosophy
University of Toronto


Tuesday, February 6 (Location: Jackman Humanities Building Rm. 418)
2:45 – 4:15pm Haim Abraham (Toronto), Corrective Justice Duties for Belligerent Wrongs
4:30 – 6:00pm 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 – 10:45am Emma McClure (Toronto), Microaggressions as Collective Harms and Individual Wrongs
11:00am – 12:30pm Daniel Attas (HUJI), Who Owns Cultural Heritage?
2 – 3:30pm Julia Nefsky (Toronto), Global Warming, Individual Obligations and the Inefficacy Problem: the Need for an Imperfect View
3:45 – 5:15pm Rona Dinur (HUJI), Intentional Discrimination

co-sponsored by:
Philosophy, University of Toronto
Munk School of Global Affairs
Faculty of Law

Wed, Feb 7, 2018
09:15 AM - 05:15 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
Rm 200, Larkin Building