Past Event

Thinking Morally About Genetics and Agency - Empirical and Philosophical Approaches

December 12, 2019 - December 13, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:45 PM
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Columbia University, Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY 10027

This two-day event will bring together philosophers, scientists, and clinicians to consider how progress in human genetics is impacting the ways both professionals and laypeople think about freedom and responsibility. While the first day will focus on the impact of behavioral genetics on traditional philosophical topics such as free will, rationality, and punishment, the second day will look at the transformation of public health practice and policy in light of new capabilities for genetic testing and prediction that can impact patients’ sense of agency.

Event organizers:

Paul Appelbaum, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law, Columbia University
Kathryn Tabb, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Bard College

Registration is free, and breakfast and lunch are included for all participants. Please email [email protected] to register for the event. The event is open to the public. Review the program for more information about the sessions and speakers.