Kenneth A. Richman – Cognitive Models of Autism and their Implications for Moral Responsibility
Le réseau neuroéthique de Montréal
The Montréal Neuroethics Network
– SPECIAL SEMINAR-
Kenneth A. Richman, Ph.D.,
MCPHS University, Boston, United States
Thursday, May 5th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Jeudi le 5 mai, 12:00 – 13:00 h
“Cognitive Models of Autism and their Implications for Moral Responsibility”
Although criteria for identifying autism have been established based on behavioral factors, researchers are still exploring and developing models to describe the cognitive and affective differences that lead to the known behaviors. Significantly, these models describe autism as involving cognitive functions that are also cited in accounts of moral responsibility. This suggests that autism may be a reason not to blame someone for some actions that transgress social, ethical, or legal expectations even when we would certainly blame a neurotypical person for the same action. Whether to treat autism as exculpatory in any given circumstance appears to be influenced both by models of autism and by theories of moral responsibility. This talk will map out the concepts relevant to exploring the ethical, legal, and social implications of theories of autism, and examine two real-life examples in which autistic young men were held responsible under questionable circumstances.
Room/Salle André-Barbeau, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)
110 Avenue des Pins Ouest
Pease see attached poster for details.
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All are welcome but please note that there are limited spaces. Please RSVP by May 4th at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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