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Workshop with Darwall in Vienna

darwall [1]The Second-Person Standpoint in Law and Morality: A Workshop with Stephen Darwall

Date: March 11 and 12, 2013
Location: University of Vienna, NIG (Neues Institutsgebäude), University of Vienna, room 3E.

Stephen Darwall’s account of morality as a second-person standpoint theory is one of the most important contributions to moral philosophy in the last years. The account challenges a third-person interpretation of morality (with particular emphasis on Thomas Nagel’s theory) as well as a first-person standpoint theory of morality (especially Christine M. Korsgaard’s conception).

Recently Darwall has extended his second-person standpoint theory to legal philosophy arguing that the second-person standpoint helps us to formulate a more plausible account of legality, legitimacy and legitimate authority. In particular, Darwall’s criticism of Joseph Raz’s views on authority has become prominent in legal philosophy.

The aim of the workshop is to present critical papers on Darwall’s moral philosophy and legal philosophy. Issues we will address include: legality, legitimacy and legitimate authority; practical reasoning and reasons; Kantian internalism versus contractualism and consequentialism; Scanlon’s and Darwall’s accounts of contractualism. Stephen Darwall will be present at this workshop and reply to the papers.

Confirmed Speakers:
Stephen Darwall, Yale University
Fabienne Peter, University of Warwick
Peter Schaber, University of Zürich
Jens Timmermann, University of St . Andrews
Alexandra Couto, University of Vienna
Christoph Hanisch, University of Vienna
Herlinde Pauer-Studer, University of Vienna
Hans Bernhard Schmid, University of Vienna

We would gladly welcome you to attend this workshop. If you have any further inquiry, do not hesitate to get in touch with us (using the following e-mails: andrea.perchthaler (at) univie.ac.at, christoph.hanisch (at) univie.ac.at, alexandra.couto (at) univie.ac.at).

Organizers: Prof. Herlinde Pauer-Studer, Dr. Alexandra Couto, Dr. Christoph Hanisch

ERC-Project “Distortions of Normativity” (http://distortions.univie.ac.at [2]), Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna