Many congratulations to Jessica Brown, who has been awarded £113,714 by the Leverhulme Trust to investigate the moral responsibility of groups such as companies and governments. Her starting point will be that society standardly treats such entities as morally responsible, blaming and praising them for their actions, even though they don’t seem to be moral agents in the way that individual people are. She will ask whether we should change our concept of agency to accommodate groups, or alternatively attempt to provide an explanation of moral responsibility without agency?

This award is for a 24 month period beginning in September 2021.