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June 24-25, 2019: Autonomy, Norms, and Emotional Attunement

Workshop with Politeia


Autonomy, Norms, and Emotional Attunement

June 24-25, 2019, Milan

Politeia Library, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Festa del Perdono 7

Organizers: Carla Bagnoli, Andrea Borghini, Mario De Caro, Karsten Stueber

How should we think of the demands that norms make on us, while holding dear a scientific approach to nature and to ourselves? The traditional, disenchanted conception of nature regarded normativity as discontinuous with nature. Yet, new insights from the biological/psychological study of humans allow us to see normative practices as being continuous with other natural phenomena. Old dichotomies such as the Kantian distinction between pathological and moral feelings, spontaneity and receptivity, pure and practical reason, seem to have collapsed. This collapse puts the old problem of the relationship between norms and nature in a new light and poses new challenges. For instance, alongside a plethora of novel empirical insights, recent moral psychology faces the problem of explaining normative behavior, e.g. acting for a reason, being guided by norms. More generally, philosophers are called to rethink the objectivity of normative discourse in a naturalistically suitable manner. The workshop explores competing ways of construing the relationship between norms and nature. In particular, we wish to dwell on how human autonomy and normativity fit with our deliberative perspective as essentially social creatures, who make sense of the world in light of our emotional attunement to each other and the world.


June 24, Monday

09:30-10:00 Registration

Chair: Federica Liveriero (University of Eastern Piedmont, Vercelli)

10:00-11:00 Marijana Vujosevic (Leiden University): The Kantian Capacity for Self-Control Considered as Abstraction

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 Mario De Caro (Roma Tre University & Tufts University): Naturalism and the Morality of Machines

12:30-13:30 Mark Timmons (University of Arizona): Making Sense of Gratitude: A Phenomenological Approach

13:30-15:00 Lunch

Chair: Sarah Songhorian (San Raffaele University, Milan)

15:00-16:00 Carla Bagnoli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia): Autonomy and Emotional Attunement: the Case of Emotional Contagion

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-17:30 Michael Brady (University of Glasgow): Suffering and Autonomy at the End of Life

17:30-18:30 Abe Roth (Ohio State University): Autonomy and Theory of Mind; Developmental Considerations

June 25, Tuesday

Chair: Vanessa De Luca (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

09:00-10:00 Stefano Bacin (State University of Milan): Kantian Autonomy, Fast and Slow

10:00-11:00 Johannes Roessler (University of Warwick): Deliberative and Preempting Reasons

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 Karsten Stueber (College of the Holy Cross): The Moralizing Animal and the Moral Stance: In-Group Bias, Empathy, and the Sensus Communis

12:30-14:00 Lunch

Chair: Federica Liveriero (University of Eastern Piedmont, Vercelli)

14:00-15:00 David Henderson (University of Nebraska, Lincoln): Epistemic Norms, Cooperative Epistemic Production and Tractable Sharing

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-16:30 Andrea Borghini (State University of Milan): Hunger as a Bodily Sensation

16:30-17:30 Sofia Bonicalzi (LMU München): Intention, Action, Responsibility. An Empirically Tractable Model

17:30-18:00 Conclusions & byes

Participation is free of charge. However, due to space limitations, participants are kindly requested to RSVP for the event. If you would like to attend, please email info@politeia-centrostudi.org (subject "Autonomy Workshop RSVP") and wait for a confirmation answer. For information: Andrea Borghini (andrea.borghini@unimi.it).

25 June 2019
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