St Andrews Conference on Corporate Agency and Shared Responsibility

St Andrews Conference on Corporate Agency and Shared Responsibility


November 2, 2015 7:00 am — November 4, 2015 7:00 am

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Day 1: Monday, 2nd November

9.00–9.30         Welcome and Introduction

9.30–11.00       First panel

Dr. Thomas Smith: Good and Bad Reasons for Attributing Agency to Groups

Dr. Avia Pasternak: Corporate Agency and Corporate Rights 

11.00–11.15     Coffee Break

11.15–12.45     Second panel

Prof. Alejo Sison: Participation in the Corporate Common Good: Insights from Aquinas

Dr. Rowan Cruft: Individual Victimhood for the Common Good? 


12.45–13.30     Lunch

13.30–15.00     Third panel

Dr. Elizabeth Ashford: Hunger’s Unwitting Executioners: The Nature of Shared Responsibility for the Persistence of Severe Poverty

Prof. Tim Mulgan: How Should Rule Utilitarians Think About the Future

15.00–15.15     Coffee Break

15.15–16.00     Dr. Annabel Brett:State Agency / Individual Agency in the Context of War

16.00–17.00     Break
17.00–19.00     Public Lecture in Parliament Hall, St Andrews
17.00–18.30     Professor Philip Pettit: Giving Corporations their Due – But No More than Their Due
                        —   Introduction by Professor Louise Richardson (Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University)
18.30–19.00     Wine Reception

Day 2: Tuesday, 3rd November

9.00–9.30         Tea and coffee

9.30–11.00       Fourth panel

Dr. Marko Simendic:Persona civitatis and Thomas Hobbes’ definition of a commonwealth

Dr. Samuel Mansell: Hobbes on Corporate Agency

11.00–11.15     Coffee Break

11.15–12.45     Fifth panel

Dr. Jeroen Veldman:Ontological and epistemological backgrounds of the corporation

Dr. David Gindis: Legal Personhood and the Firm: Avoiding Anthropomorphism and Equivocation

12.45–13.30     Lunch

13.30–15.00     Sixth panel

Dr. Garrath Williams: Corporate Authority and Corporate Responsibility 

Dr. Stephen Dunne: Corporate Agency, Cybernetic Organisation Theory and Hayek


15.00–15.30     Coffee Break
15.30–17.00     Seventh panel
Prof. Paddy Ireland: Corporate Schizophrenia: The Corporation as a Separate Legal Person and an Object of Property
Dr. David Ciepley: Will and Responsibility in Member Corporations, Property Corporations, and Firms

Participant details

  • Dr Elizabeth Ashford, Senior Lecturer in Moral Philosophy, University of St Andrews
  • Dr Annabel Brett, Reader in the History of Political Thought, University of Cambridge
  • Dr David Ciepley, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Denver
  • Dr Rowan Cruft, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Stirling
  • Dr Stephen Dunne, Lecturer in Social Theory and Consumption, University of Leicester
  • Dr David Gindis, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Hertfordshire
  • Prof Paddy Ireland, Professor of Law, University of Bristol
  • Dr Samuel Mansell, Lecturer in Business Ethics, University of St Andrews
  • Prof Tim Mulgan, Professor of Moral & Political Philosophy, University of St Andrews
  • Dr Avia Pasternak, Lecturer in Global Ethics, University College London
  • Prof Philip Pettit, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University, and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University
  • Dr Marko Simendic, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade
  • Prof Alejo Sison, Professor of Philosophy, Universidad de Navarra
  • Dr Thomas Smith, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Manchester
  • Dr Jeroen Veldman, Senior Research Fellow, Cass Business School, City University London
  • Dr Garrath Williams, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Lancaster University


Registration is free and open to all, but places are limited, so please contact us if you’d

like to register:

Elizabeth Ashford, ea10@​st-​andrews.​ac.​uk

Samuel Mansell, sfm5@​st-​andrews.​ac.​uk