The Force of common Sense: Responsibility without Expert Witnesses

You can't be an expert in everything. But can we rely without worries then only on common sense when deliberating about responsibility? Responsibility is an interactive accomplishment. The social practice of giving and asking reasons is a crucial feature for this.

Organisator Studium Generale

di 4 december 2018 20:00 tot 22:30

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

The question of responsibility lies in the midst of our attempts to translate between common sense understanding and scientific expert language. Jan Bransen claims this social practice does not allow for a final word; it should always take the form of a new question. The resulting conversation of mankind will never end. This implies an important lesson for the ways in which laypeople and experts should learn to listen to one another.

About the lecturer

Jan Bransen is professor Philosophy of Behavioural Science at Radboud University in Nijmegen. He has written scholarly work about practical identity, autonomy, narrative agency, love and practical rationality. Besides that, he published accessible books on the importance of cultivating a philosophical attitude to science, politics, media, mental health and modern life in general.

Jan Bransen sees himself as a crossover between a teacher, a philosopher and a cabaret artist. He likes to think aloud and invites the audience to follow him as a travel guide through landscapes of thought. Philosophy for him is more than a canon or something for erudite scholars who know their sources;  he sees it as an attitude of people who keep being astonished about the casualness of their daily use of language.