Herlinde Pauer-Studer

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Title Herlinde Pauer-Studer
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  • University of Vienna
Person and role
Description Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Herlinde Pauer-Studer (Universität Wien) gave the self-contained talk: Complicity and Conditions of Agency, a theResearch Seminar in practical philosophy:

Abstract: In his ground-breaking study Complicity, Christopher Kutz introduces the notion of “participatory intentions” (individual intentions whose content is collective) to explain an agent’s complicity with groups or organizations. According to Kutz, participatory intentions allow us to hold individuals morally accountable for collective wrongs independent of their causal contribution to the wrong and its ensuing harm. In my talk I will offer an alternative account of complicity, drawing on philosophical work on constitutive accounts of agency. Its central claim is that an agent’s complicity might be due to the dependence of his professional role on the normative principles that make up the organization or institution in whose practices he partakes. In other words, there might arise a constitutive failure in an agent’s attempt to ascribe to himself a non-complicit professional identity. I use the case of SS-Judge Konrad Morgen in order to illustrate this understanding of complicity. Finally, I will point out some philosophical implications for conceptions of group agency and collective moral responsibility.

2018 Oct 18

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2018 Oct 18

Hosting a visitor

NameHerlinde Pauer-Studer
Visitor degreeUniv.-Prof. Mag. Dr.
External organisations
University of Vienna