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Moral Responsibility, Blameworthiness, and Intention: In Search of Formal Definitions

Moral Responsibility, Blameworthiness, and Intention: In Search of Formal Definitions
15 Devonshire Place, Larkin Building, Room 200
Time: Sep 11th, 4:00 pm End: Sep 11th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Law, Faculty of , Ethics, 2000-
Talk by Joe Halpern, Cornell University

The Centre for Ethics presents Perspectics on Ethics:

Moral Responsibility, Blameworthiness, and Intention: In Search of Formal Definitions

Seminar Talk

The need for judging moral responsibility arises both in ethics and in law.  In an era of autonomous vehicles and, more generally, autonomous AI agents, the issue has now become relevant to AI as well.  Although hundreds of books and thousands of papers have been written on moral responsibility, blameworthiness, and intention, there is surprisingly little work on defining these notions formally.  But we will need formal definitions in order for AI agents to apply these notions.  In this talk, I take some preliminary steps towards defining these
notions.

This is joint work with Max Kleiman-Weiner.

Joe Halpern
Cornell University
Computer Science Department

This event is free and open to all. For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethics at 416 946-6288

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