Plenary Session 1

Chair: Stefaan Cuypers (K.U.Leuven)

Ascriptions of Moral Responsibility and the Limits of Moral Judgement

Maureen Sie (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Discussion of the implications of recent developments in behavioral, cognitive and neurosciences, usually focus on the possible threatening or undermining consequences for our moral practices and its related institutions. In this paper, we explore the opposite suggestion: that the findings strengthen and encourage these practices and institutions. We argue that they broaden the scope of our ascriptions of moral responsibility, by (1) narrowing the scope of our agential authority, (2) augmenting the importance of interpersonal moral discussion and argument, and (3) raising important questions about the scope of the doings for which we should ascribe responsibility.