Sophie Stammers (KCL) started the afternoon with her paper ‘Not Conscious, Not Responsible?’. Stammers critically examined the account of bias and responsibility given in Neil Levy’s book (which he has presented on this blog). Stammers put pressure on three claims of Levy’s:
1) Agents are not conscious of the morally relevant facts regarding attitudes which generate implicitly biased actions.
2) Implicitly biased actions are generated by attitudes which are inconsistent with the agent’s endorsed values.
3) Implicitly biased actions are generated by attitudes which are not responsive to reasons at the personal-level.