International Two-Day Workshop on Intentions

Centre for Ethics and Metaethics (CEM), Leeds

26-27 June 2012

Traditionally there have been two main strands of discussions of intentions: one investigating what intentions are; another exploring their role in normative ethics, especially in the context of discussing the so-called ‘doctrine of double effect’. The doctrine of double effect has recently come under sharp attack from J.J. Thomson and T. M. Scanlon who argue that the intention with which an person acts plays no (non-derivative) role in determining whether an action is right or wrong. This discussion – important in its own right as it is – is remarkably detached from the work on intentions in philosophy of mind and philosophy of action. The workshop hopes to remedy this by bringing together philosophers from Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Mind and Ethics.


Dr Ulrike Heuer
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