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the inaugural address



This paper concerns the problem of moral luck – the fact that our moral judgements appear to depend, perhaps unjustifiably, on matters of luck. The history and scope of the problem are discussed. It is suggested that our result-sensitive sentiments have their origin in views about moral pollution we might now wish to reject in favour of a volitionalist ethics.


Roger Crisp is Uehiro Fellow and Tutor at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is author of three books, one on Mill, one on Sidgwick, and one on his own views (which turn out to be similar in various ways to those of Mill and Sidgwick). He is working on a book on morality and self-interest in British moral philosophy from Hobbes to Bentham.

The Mind Research Fellows

Lubomira Radoilska | Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association | University of Edinburgh

Knowledge in Action: Revisiting Responsible Agency

Lubomira Radoilska (Kent)


Lubomira Radoilska is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent and Associate Editor of Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. She is the author of Aristotle and the Moral Philosophy of Today (PUF, 2007) and Addiction and Weakness of Will (OUP, 2013). The award of a Mind Association Fellowship for 2016-2017 supported her work on a new book project considering whether the knowledge and control conditions on responsibility for action can be reconciled with an acknowledgement of the role of habits and dispositions in agency.

Gerald Lang| Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association | University of Edinburgh

Good Luck, Bad Luck, and Moral Luck

Gerald Lang (Leeds)


Gerald Lang teaches Philosophy at the University of Leeds, and received his training in Bristol and Oxford. He was the co-editor of Luck, Value, and Commitment: Themes from the Ethics of Bernard Williams (OUP 2012), along with Ulrike Heuer, and How We Fight: Ethics in War (OUP 2014), along with Helen Frowe. He has published on a large number of topics in moral and political philosophy: distributive justice, political liberty, consequentialism, fairness, life and death issues in reproductive ethics, well-being and death, self-defence, the ethics of war, and aspects of practical reason and metaethics. He is currently writing a monograph, Strokes of Luck, about the role of luck in normative ethics and justice, work on which has been partly funded by the Mind Association. His next major research project will be concerned with self-defence, war, and the foundations of deontology.

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University of Edinburgh

14-16 July 2017

School of Philosophy
Psychology and Language Sciences
Dugald Stewart Building
3 Charles Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9AD

Local Organiser: Aidan McGlynn

Programme edited by Guy Longworth (Warwick)

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