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2010 Mind Science Conference at Harvard Law School

Posted by The Situationist Staff on April 4, 2010

On April 15 and 16, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School, the Harvard Program on Ethics and Health, the Gruter Institute, and the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project, will be holding a two-day conference entitled “Moral Biology?: What Can Biology and the Mind Sciences Teach Us about Law and Morality?

The conference will examine what relevance developments in the mind sciences and evolutionary biology may have for moral and legal reasoning about responsibility, punishment, racism, cooperation, and addiction.

The event features a public panel open to all (taking place on Thursday April 15 at 5:30 PM at Harvard Law School) as well as several closed-door sessions.

There may be a very small number of spaces available for additional participants for the closed portions of the conference.  If you are interested in one of those spaces, please email Kathy Paras, with a sentence or two describing why the conference would be a good fit for your work and interests.  (Assuming space is available, there is no charge for attending.)

Here is the tentative agenda for the conference:

Thursday, April 15:

8:30am:  Opening remarks

9:00-10:30am: What Does Moral Biology Have to Say about Responsibility and Judgment?

Moderator: Dan Brock


10:30-10:45: Break

10:45am:  Mind Sciences and Punishment

Moderator: Jon Hanson


12:15pm:  Lunch –  On Your Own

1:30-3:00pm:  Addiction/Intervention Paradigm

Moderator: Stephen Morse


3:00-4:45pm: Discussions/Break-out, wrap up, Experimental, Experiential

5:30pm: Public Event at Harvard Law School, Austin West

Moral Biology? What Can Biology and the mind Sciences Teach Us About Law and Morality?

Moderator: I. Glenn Cohen


Respondent: Tim Scanlon

7:15pm  Public Reception Austin Corridor

Friday, April 16

9:00am-10:30am: Biology and Cooperation

Moderator: Yochai Benkler


10:30-10:50: Break

10:50-12:20pm: Mind Sciences and Racism

Moderator: Jon Hanson


12:20pm Conference Close

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