PhD-Course on Blame and Forgiveness

The University of Oslo (IFIKK and CSMN) invites you to register for the following PhD-Course:

‘Blame and Forgiveness’

In recent decades blame and forgiveness have gained increased attention from philosophers of moral responsibility. Blame and forgiveness are separate phenomena, but both function as ways of holding people responsible for moral wrongs. They are commonly seen as a way of responding to the normative significance of someone’s attitudes, actions, or character.  Much of the philosophical scholarship on the topic has focused on the nature and ethics of these phenomena:

  1. What are blame and forgiveness?
  2. When is it morally appropriate to blame and forgive?

Many problems arise in answering these questions. To mention only a few: Does blame necessarily involve an emotional component? What is the difference between expressed and private blame? Is there more than one concept of forgiveness? Can we forgive the unrepentant?

Dana Kay Nelkin (University of California, San Diego), Per-Erik Milam (University of Twente) and Andreas Brekke Carlsson (University of Oslo) will teach a three-day PhD course on the topic of blame and forgiveness. The course will include lectures as well as ample room for discussion. The syllabus will be provided in advance. 

People interested in the course might also want to join our workshop on moral responsibility August 30-31. More information on the workshop can be found here.

Practical info:

Dates: 3-5 September 2018

Place: Georg Morgenstiernes hus, University of Oslo, Norway 


  • The seminar is aimed at PhD students in philosophy, but PhDs from other disciplines and junior researchers are welcome too.
  • The seminar provides 5 ECTs, by completing preparatory reading, participating during the three days, and submitting a paper assignment (4000w).
  • The seminar is free and lunches will be provided. Transportation, accommodation, and other meals have to be arranged and financed by the participants themselves.
  • Apply by sending a CV and short motivation for attending the seminar to The application deadline is August 1 2018



Prof. Christel Fricke (Professor philosophy, IFIKK, University of Oslo)

Maria Seim (PhD philosophy, IFIKK, University of Oslo)


For further information, contact Maria Seim:


Maria Seim
Publisert 12. apr. 2018 09:30 - Sist endret 18. apr. 2018 17:08