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Manipulation and Moral Responsibility in Ethics and Philosophy of Religion (Edinburgh, July 15/16)

Manipulation and Moral Responsibility in Ethics and Philosophy of Religion

The University of Edinburgh

July 15 and 16, 2016



Friday, July 15


9:15 – 10:30. Maria Alvarez (King’s College London), “Becoming who we are”


10:35 – 11:50. Alfred Mele (Florida State University), “Radical Reversals and Original Designs”




1:00 – 2:15.  Patrick Todd (University of Edinburgh), “God and the Moral Standing to Blame”


2:20 – 3:35. Gunnar Björnsson (Umeå University), “Generalization arguments”


3:45 – 5:00. John Fischer (University of California, Riverside), “Responsibility, Autonomy, and the Zygote Argument”


Saturday, July 16


9:15 – 10:30. Michael McKenna (University of Arizona), “Resisting Todd’s Defense of Manipulation Arguments”


10:35 – 11:50. Jean-Baptiste Guillon (Collège de France), “Prophecy of Free Action: Does Molinism lead to Compatibilism?”




1:00 – 2:15. Sofia Jeppsson (University of Gothenburg), “Presupposing what ought to be proved: why a certain kind of compatibilism is immune to classic incompatibilist arguments”


2:20 – 3:35. Derk Pereboom (Cornell), “How manipulation arguments work”


3:45 – 5:00. Helen Beebee (University of Manchester), TBA


All events in Rooms 3.10/3.11 of the Dugald Stewart Building, University of Edinburgh

Location and accessibility information about the building can be found here.

No registration required, but space is limited, so please email Patrick Todd ( if you would like to attend.


Sponsored by:

The John Templeton Foundation

Eidyn at the University of Edinburgh

The Scots Philosophical Association

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