June 01-02, 2018
Contexts of joint agency are naturally understood to be especially dense networks of mutual obligations. If you and I are doing something together, then we incur obligations to each other that
would not otherwise obtain. Contexts of joint agency also seem to have significance in moral development. Children who are given tasks to execute together seem to understand themselves to be
subject to obligations that stem from their joint activity, reacting with morally-inflected forms of reproach when these requirements are violated. The workshop will bring philosophers and
developmental psychologists together for discussion of the links between shared agency and obligation. Questions to be discussed include the following: What is the nature of the obligations that
are involved shared agency? Are they moral obligations, or obligations of some other kind? How exactly does joint activity give rise to obligations that would not otherwise obtain? What is it
about the normative considerations that regulate joint activity that gives them the character of obligations? What exactly is the role of joint activity in moral development? Is it correct to
think that young children are especially prone to criticize each other in moral terms in contexts in which they are doing something together? What might we learn from the role of shared agency in
moral development about nature and sources of moral obligation?
Invited participants include: Facundo Alonso (Miami University), Monika Betzler (LMU München), Sarah Buss (University of Michigan), Jan Engelmann (MPI Leipzig/Yale), Ulrike Heuer (University College London), Erasmus Mayr (Erlangen), Herlinde Pauer-Studer (Wien), Marjorie Rhodes (New York University), Abraham Roth (Ohio State), Neil Roughley (Duisburg-Essen), Michael Tomasello (MPI Leipzig/Duke), Amrisha Vaish (University of Virginia).