Biennial Conference

Our 2014 conference, The Authority of Tradition, will be held on Friday October 3, 2014 in Leadership Hall at the W&M Alumni House. The presentations will investigate the tension between the power that tradition has over our attitudes and behavior, on the one hand, and the suspicions we have about it as a source of authority for us, on the other. We have so far confirmed speakers from Oxford University and Columbia Law School. A website for the conference will be up shortly.


Our 2012 conference, Responsibility & Relationships: 50 Years of Strawson's 'Freedom and Resentment', was held on September 27-28, 2012. The conference program appears below. (Or you can click here for a PDF version.)

Past conferences: Study of the Human Self (2008), The Future of Democracy (2006).

Responsibility &  Relationships: 50 Years of P. F. Strawson's 'Freedom and Resentment'

In 1962, P.F. Strawson urged moral philosophers “to try to keep before our minds something it is easy to forget when we are engaged in philosophy, especially in our cool, contemporary style, viz. what it is actually like to be involved in ordinary interpersonal relationships”, and the result of following this advice has been a much improved understanding of moral responsibility and the enormous variety of reactions and interactions that are at the core of our moral lives. But there is still so much work to be done.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Strawson’s essay, the philosophy department at The College of William & Mary was proud to host Responsibility & Relationships, a two-day workshop that explored Strawsonian themes in contemporary moral philosophy, psychology, and the law, including new work on blame, punishment, and the moral emotions.

2012 Program 1


2012 Program 2