2016 ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’ Annual Lecture and Conference

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Friday, 25 November 2016, 6-7.15pm
Conference Room, Claus Moser Research Centre
‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’* Annual Lecture
by Julian Savulescu (Oxford)
The Annual Lecture will be preceded by a wine reception starting at 5pm. The event is free and open to all.
Saturday, 26 November 2016, 9.30am-5.30pm
Conference Room, Claus Moser Research Centre
‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’* Annual Conference
Julian Savulescu (Oxford): Justice, Collective Responsibility and Vaccination
 Commentator: Jonathan Hughes (Keele)
11:00am-11:30am Tea/Coffee Break
Charlotte Newey (Cardiff): Carrots, Sticks and Other Conceptions of Responsibility
Commentator: Monica Mookherjee (Keele)
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch
Antje du Bois-Pedain (Cambridge): Responsibility for Self in Criminal Law
Commentator: Sorin Baiasu (Keele)
3:30pm-4:00pm Tea/Coffee Break
Carl Knight (Glasgow): Discrimination and Equality of Opportunity
Commentator: Sorcha Ui Connachtaigh (Keele)
5:30pm Conference ends
The Annual Lecture and Conference are organised with the support of the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research centre, the HSS Faculty Research Office, the Research Centre for SPIRE and the School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE) @ Keele.
The ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’ Annual Lecture and Conference usually take place at the end of November (occasionally moved on the following year in March). The previous Rousseau Annual Lectures were given by Giuseppina D’Oro (2008), Miranda Fricker (2009), Stephen Engstrom (2010), John Horton (2011 – took place in March 2012), Alan Montefiore (2012), Adrian Piper (2013), Howard Williams (2014) and Mark Timmons (2015 – took place in March 2016).
*Why the Jean-Jacques Rousseau lecture?  We hereby celebrate the true but very little known fact that Jean-Jacques Rousseau lived for a time in Staffordshire. From 22 March 1766 to 1 May 1767 Rousseau lived in the little Staffordshire village of Wootton. Rousseau had been invited to England by David Hume with whom he soon afterwards quarrelled. He then spent the next year in seclusion in Staffordshire writing the first drafts of his Confessions. When he was not writing it is said that he roamed the Staffordshire countryside in his Armenian costume studying wild flowers. Many years after his departure the locals remembered ‘Owd Ross Hall’, not just for his eccentricities but also for his gifts to local charities. They believed he was a king in exile! (Stephen Leach – Honorary Research Fellow, Keele Humanities and Social Sciences)