The Character Project at Wake Forest University (http://thecharacterproject.com/) is pleased to announce five new videos by researchers in philosophy, psychology, and theology describing their latest work on character as part of our "In Character" series. In philosophy specifically, Professors Jessica Wolfendale and Matthew Talbert discuss situationism, moral responsibility, and war crimes. Professors Nathan King and Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij discuss several important issues in virtue epistemology.
A reminder that Bowling Green State University is accepting abstracts for our conference, The Scope of Religious Exemptions, until November 15th.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy
The Scope of Religious Exemptions
April 17th-18th, 2015
The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy will take place in Bowling Green, Ohio, April 17th-18th, 2015. The keynote speakers are Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame) and Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern University).
Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit a 2-3 page abstract (double-spaced) by November 15th, 2014. We welcome submissions in all areas in applied ethics and philosophical issues relevant to this year’s conference theme: the scope of religious exemptions. We are especially focused on papers that address normative questions about religious exemptions, including the moral-philosophical justifications for religious exemptions and how often and to whom religious exemptions should be granted. We will consider multiple approaches to the topic, not merely in political philosophy and political theory, but normative ethics, metaethics and applied ethics.
Only one submission per person is permitted. Abstracts will be evaluated by a program committee and decisions made in December 2014. Please direct all abstracts and queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop on December 13, 2014 that includes exchanges between philosophical and experimental approaches to personal identiy and the philosophy of the self (often as it pertains to moral concerns). Speakers include Elizabeth Camp, Ruth Chang, Stephen Darwall, Shaun Nichols, Jesse Prinz, David Velleman, and many more. Details here.
Ken Shockey from the University of Buffalo asked me to post the following call for abstracts for a workshop on Loss, Damage and Harm. This workshop will be held on 8th and 9th of May 2015 at the University of Buffalo, and the deadline for 500 word abstracts is on the 15th of November, 2014. There is more information about the workshop below.
We are very happy to kick off a PEA Soup celebratation of the Ethics 125th anniversary retrospective series with this special feature of Amy R. Baehr'sterrific essay on Zona Vallance's fascinating "Women as Moral Beings." Baehr concludes her essay by pointing out that "one lesson we may take from Vallance’s paper is that political philosophy will not present a vision of a just social world for us unless it situates the fact of dependency properly in our thinking." A powerful and still (sadly) timely lesson, I'd suggest.
Registration is now open for UConn’s Dominating Speech Workshop to be held at the UConn School of Law from November 21st-23rd. Our program includes keynote speakers Richard Wilson (UConn), Ishani Maitra (Michigan), and Jason Stanley (Yale). Please register at our website http://injustice.philosophy.uconn.edu. Registration will close on November 14th.
I'm applying for an intramural grant to work on a perfectly ordinary, non X-phi, piece of philosophy. (I want to think about the claim that someone like a florist might make that being required to provide services to a same-sex wedding violates her freedom of association in light of On Liberty.) I'm required to spell out my "Study Design/Methodology." More specifically: "Provide a detailed account of precisely what will be done to answer the question(s) or test the hypothesi(/e)s. Include plans for the protection of human or animal subjects and the environment." I think that I can provide convicing assurances that my project poses little risk to the environment. But how have other philosophers finessed these questions about methodology that are obviously formulated with empirical work in mind?
Hi, everyone. Meena Krishnamurthy has very generously allowed me to post a few prelimary thoughts on the above topic and I thought I'd shard the link here to maximize the likelihood that I have a chance to benefit from your comments. Here's the introduction to the post, as well as the opening paragraph. For the rest, see here:
These are a few early-stage thoughts on how we might best construct and justify semantic and metasemantic theories. My own immediate interest in this topic stems from my interest in assessing rival semantic theories for modal expressions in English, especially deontic ones. But my hope is that these thoughts are of some interest to those interested in semantic and metasemantic theorizing more broadly, including metaethicists interested in understanding the semantics of normative and evaluative expressions in English. Comments, questions, and suggestions very welcome.
Constructing and Justifying Semantic and Metasemantic Theories
Recently, there’s been a lot of really interesting work done by philosophers of language and linguists on understanding what sorts of meanings a semantic theory for some natural language, L, should assign the expressions of L. Is the content of a sentence at a context a set of worlds, a set ‘centered’ worlds, a set of probability spaces, a structured proposition, or what? In related debates, metaethicists wonder what sorts of meanings such a theory should assign L’s normative or evaluative expressions. How might we best approach these questions? What constraints, if any, do a plausible metasemantic theory place on good answers to them? Here are some preliminary thoughts about some of the constraints on constructing plausible semantic and metasemantic theories. (NB: Some of these thoughts are expressed in a forthcoming paper, The Metaethical Insignificance of Moral Twin Earth. The issues here, though, are not narrowly metaethical, but more broadly methodological ones for semantic and metasemantic theorizing.)
Request for Proposals: The Self, Motivation & Virtue Project
Marquette University, with a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, is pleased to announce a new research initiative on the topics of the self, motivation, and virtue. Approximately ten research proposals at $190,000 each will be funded through this initiative.