Centre for Ethics and Metaethics and Department of Philosophy 
University of Leeds
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Venue: IDEA-CETL Building (8-12 Fenton St.), Seminar Room 1
Prof Matthew Hanser  (UC Santa Barbara): “Deferring to Others”
Dr Helen Frowe  (Sheffield): “Obeying Orders”
Drinks and dinner at a local restaurant
Many acts are performed in deference to the will or judgement of others, such as acts of obeying orders, acceding to requests, and following advice. Such acts are interesting from an action-theoretic point of view -– e.g., should the two parties be thought of as performing a single, joint action? Such acts are also important from a moral point of view -– e.g., how are the acts of the two parties to be evaluated, and how are these two evaluations related to one another?
The Centre for Ethics and Metaethics  at the University of Leeds is pleased to devote an afternoon symposium to exploring acts performed in deference to the will or judgement of others from this dual theoretical viewpoint, both in general and in the timely and significant instance of issues concerning combatant and non-combatant responsibility during war and how these relate to collective responsibility for threats outside of war.
All are welcome to attend. There will be no registration fee, but those planning to attend or interested in joining the speakers for dinner (at their own expense) are kindly asked to inform the symposium organiser, Dr Pekka Väyrynen (p[dot]vayrynen[at]leeds[dot]ac[dot]uk). (N.B. Only a limited number of participants can be accommodated for dinner.)
Support for the event is gratefully acknowledged from Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, and a Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant within the 7th European Community Framework Programme.