Philosophical Anthropology & Ethics

Research Group

Philosophy Department
Duisburg-Essen University



Philosophical Anthropology & Ethics

Research Group

Philosophy Department, Duisburg-Essen University

Recent Events

December, 2nd 2016

A Workshop with Antti Kauppinen

Campus Essen Room S06 S00 A16

9.15-10.45:
Karina Derpmann & André Waldheuser: On Kauppinen's Pseudo-Sentimentalism

10.45-11.15:
Coffee

11.15-12.45:
Antti Kauppinen: Knowledge by Empathy?

A Workshop on the Reactive Attitudes with Jeanette Kennett and Victoria McGeer (3rd June 2016)

Organisation: Neil Roughley (Duisburg-Essen) & Hanno Sauer
Location: Campus Essen, S06 S01 B29
Information & Registration hanno.sauer@uni-due.de
Schedule

Past Events

Symposium on Michael Tomasello: A Natural History of Human Morality (13th-14th May 2016), kindly financed by the Jacobs Foundation, Zurich

Location: Marbach Castle, Lake Constance
Speakers: David Sloan Wilson (Binghampton/Biology & Anthropology), Carel van Schaik (Zurich/Biological Anthropology), Philip Pettit (Princeton & ANU/Philosophy), Cathal O'Madagain (Leipzig/Philosophy), Andreas Niederberger (Essen/Philosophy), Neil Roughley (Essen/Philosophy), Melanie Killen (Maryland/Psychology), Ivan Cabrera (ANU/Philosophy), Robert Hepach (Leipzig/Psychology), Stephen Darwall (Yale/Philosophy), Michael Tomasello (Leipzig/Psychology)
Conference schedule

Der ontologische Status von Normen (14th July 2014)

Organisation: Kurt Bayertz (Münster) and Neil Roughley (Duisburg-Essen).
Location: WWU Weiterbildung, Münster
Speakers: Ludger Jansen (Münster), Christiana Werner (Göttingen), Dennis Hille (Essen), David Schweikard (Münster)
Conference schedule

4th Symposium on Anthropology and Normativity (8th-10th November 2013)


Organisation: Kurt Bayertz (Münster) and Neil Roughley (Duisburg-Essen).
Speakers Peter Kappeler (Sociobiology, Göttingen), Hannes Rakoczy (Psychology, Göttingen), Christoph Antweiler (Ethnology, Bonn), Karl Mertens (Philosophy, Würzburg), Hanjo Glock (Philosophy, Zurich), Judith Burkart (Anthropology, Zurich), Carel van Schaik, (Anthropology, Zurich), Elliot Turiel (Psychology, Berkeley), Neil Roughley (Philosophy, Essen), Holmer Steinfath (Philosophy, Göttingen), Nick Enfield (Ethnolinguistics, Nijmwegen), Richard Breheny (Linguistics, London), Louise Röska-Hardy (Philosophy, Dortmund)
Conference schedule

Practical Reasons for Particularism (14th June 2013)

Organisation: Tobias Gutmann and Neil Roughley.
The focus of the workshop was on the strength of specifically practical considerations as justifications of particularism, that is, on the fact that the resort to principles seems to play a minimal role in practical reasoning and in the generation of the actions of moral agent.
Speakers: Maike Albertzart (Humboldt University, Berlin), Simon Kirchin (University of Kent), Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brookes University), Jörg Schroth (Georg-August-University, Göttingen).
Abstract and Conference schedule

Forms of Fellow Feeling. Empathy, Sympathy, Concern and Moral Agency (15th-17th March 2013)

Organisation: Neil Roughley and Thomas Schramme (Hamburg)
Speakers: Doris Bischof-Köhler (Munich/Psychology), Lawrence Blum (UMB/Philosophy), Stephen Darwall (Yale/Philosophy), Jean Decety (Chicago/Psychology), John Deigh (Texas/Law), Ronald de Sousa (Toronto/Philosophy), Frans de Waal (Emory/Psychology), Nancy Eisenberg (Arizona State/Psychology), Wolfgang Friedlmeier (Grand Rapids/Psychology), Heidi Maibom (Carleton/Philosophy), Michael Slote (Miami/Philosophy), Amrisha Vaish (Leipzig/Psychology).
Abstract and Conference schedule

Michael Slote: Moral Sentimentalism. Authors Meets Critics (14th March 2013)

Organisation: Neil Roughley and Thomas Schramme (Hamburg)
Workshop on Michael Slote's book Moral Sentimentalism.
Comments from Karina Derpmann (Duisburg-Essen) Matthias Gottschalk (Duisburg-Essen), Herlinde Pauer-Studer (Vienna), Neil Roughley (Duisburg-Essen), Thomas Schramme (Hamburg) and replies from Michael Slote (Miami). Workshop schedule

Automatic Actions (Jan. 11th 2013)


Organisation: Ezio Di Nucci and Neil Roughley
In the wake of the Control and the Absent Mind conference in the summer of 2012, we organized a follow-up event in early 2013. The workshop brought together early-career philosophers based in Germany and the Netherlands who are working on the conceptualisation of automaticity and habits and on their theoretical and ethical implications for such concepts as intention, awareness, responsibility and freedom.

Control and the Absent Mind. Habits, Skills, Automaticity and Intentionality (June 2012)


Organisation:Ezio Di Nucci and Neil Roughley
Speakers: Peter Gollwitzer (Konstanz / New York), Richard Holton (MIT), David Neal (Duke), Gabriele Oettingen (Hamburg / New York), Timothy Schroeder (Ohio State), Frank Esken (Salzburg), Paschal Sheeran (Sheffield), Ralf Stoecker (Potsdam), Wendy Wood (Southern California), Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen)

The conference brought together leading international experts on human action and behaviour from both the empirical sciences and philosophy, to discuss in an interdisciplinary setting recent developments in the empirical and theoretical study of automaticity and habits. We often act automatically - without awareness or a preceding conscious intention - as for example when we act out of habit or when we exercise a skill. These behaviours pose challenging questions: how are they to be explained? Can we reconcile them within the intentional activity of a rational planning agent? Can we still talk of control and responsibility in such cases? On the one hand, such practices are so common and frequent that we must be able to account for them within agents' normal rational lives; on the other hand, lack of awareness poses a serious problem to the attribution of intentionality and responsibility.

3rd Delmenhorst Symposium on Anthropology and Normativity (March 2012)


Symposium co-organised with Kurt Bayertz (Münster), Hanse Institute for Advanced Study (HWK), Delmenhorst.
Speakers: Louise Röska-Hardy (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities [KWI], Essen/Philosophy), Hannes Rakoczy (Göttingen/Psychology), Wilfried Van Damme (Leiden/Centre for the Arts in Society), Hans-Johann Glock (Zurich/Philosophy)
Schedule

Dog Fight on the Cognitive Plateau. On Ascribing Mental Capacities to Animals (May 2011)


A Discussion between Colin Allen (Cognitive Science/History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University) and Hans-Johann Glock (Philosophy, Zurich University).
Organisation: Neil Roughley

Thinking About Animal Cognition. A Workshop with Colin Allen (March 2011)


Workshop co-organised with Albert Newen (Bochum), Ruhr University Bochum.

GAP-Doctoral Workshop Meta-Ethik und Normative Ethik (November 2010)


Workshop funded by the Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP) for doctoral students working in ethics.
Conference schedule