Tamler Sommers: The Ethical Significance of Victim Impact Statements

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Fromm Hall 110 - Maier Room
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Torres, Brigid Rose
Theology and Religious Studies

Tamler Sommers: "The Ethical Significance of Victim Impact Statements"
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
5:00pm, Fromm Hall, Maier Room
This fall, the Davies Forum topic is Responsibility in Law and Morality, which is being taught by Professor Manuel Vargas of the Department of Philosophy. The aim of this forum is to undertake a sustained investigation into the nature of moral and legal responsibility. In everyday life, we govern our conduct in light of expectations that we can be called to account for what we do, and what we fail to do, in our interactions with others. Philosophers have tended to think about this set of practices in terms of moral responsibility. The legal system has a similar but not identical structure: we can be held liable, punished, and even executed for our choices—but only under particular conditions. The Fall 2012 Davies Forum seminar's goal is to get students to think deeply about legal institutions and social structures concerned with responsibility in both the legal and moral senses.
Tamler Sommers is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston. He holds a joint appointment with the Honors College. He is also the co-director of Phronesis: A Program in Politics and Ethics, an interdisciplinary minor at UH. He teaches primarily in ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law, specializing in issues relating to free will, moral responsibility, punishment, and revenge. His publications include Relative Justice: Cultural Diversity, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility, "Experimental Philosophy and Free Will" (Philosophy Compass), “The Two Faces of Revenge: Moral Responsibility and the Culture of Honor” (Biology and Philosophy), “More Work for Hard Incompatibilism” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research), and “The Objective Attitude” (Philosophical Quarterly). 
For more information regarding this event, please contact the Davies Forum at (415) 422-6147.

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