We're excited to announce our next Ethics discussion on Dale Dorsey's "Moral Distinctiveness and Moral Inquiry." The paper is available through open access here. Kathryn M Lindeman has kindly agreed to contribute a critical précis. Join us on April 18-20!
John Taurek (1977) argued that in conflict situations--situations in which we can save some people only by failing to save some others--the numbers don't count--i.e., it is not morally wrong to save the smaller group instead of the larger group. His argument is controversial. Here I offer a degrees-of-moral-wrongness argument for the conclusion that, contra Taurek, the numbers do count.
We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the Inaugural Marc Sanders Award for Public Philosophy. We hope that this award will incentivize and draw attention to excellent new long-form public philosophy.
Essay: We invite submissions of unpublished essays (minimum 3,000 words, maximum 10,000) with significant philosophical content or method by authors with significant philosophical training addressed primarily to the general reader. There is no restriction to any area of philosophy. In particular, there is no restriction to practical philosophy. Everyone from graduate students to emeritus professors is encouraged to apply. Prizes: The winner of the Marc Sanders Award for Public Philosophy will receive $4,500. The winning essay will be published in Philosophers’ Imprint. Philosophers’ Imprint is a free online journal specializing in major original contributions to philosophy. The second best essay will be published inAeon, whose editorial staff will be available to help with the final draft. The top two essays will both be published (or cross-posted) in Salon and The Point. There will also be an opportunity for the winner(s) to present their work directly to a general audience.
John Brunero and I are running a conference on Practical Reason and Metaethics, here in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 21st to 23rd. Speakers include Michael Bratman (Stanford), Stephen Darwall (Yale), Jonathan Drake (Texas), Amelia Hicks (Kansas State), Chris Howard (Arizona), Sarah McGrath (Princeton), Barry Maguire (UNC), and Sigrún Svavarsdóttir (Tufts). There were over 75 submissions for the refereed program and we expect it to be a very good conference.
There will be a free conference dinner Friday night and a party Saturday, so please register if you are coming by sending an email to email@example.com stating that you plan on attending. There's no fee to attend.
I am pleased to announce a call for abstracts for the Eighth Annual Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethical Theory that will be held in Tucson, Arizona on January 12-14, 2017. Abstracts are welcome in any area or on any topic in normative ethical theory (to be distinguished as well as possible from metaethics, political philosophy, and applied ethics).
Abstracts should be 2-3 double-spaced pages and are due no later than Thursday, June 1, 2016. Please send abstracts by email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who presented at the 2015 or 2016 workshops are not eligible for presenting at the 2017 workshop. A program committee will evaluate the submissions, and decisions will be finalized early to mid-July.
The keynote speakers for the 2016 workshop are Christine Korsgaard,Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, and Talbot Brewer, Professor of Philosophy at University of Virginia. Further information about the Workshop is available here.
We would like to invite you to an online experiment on moral decisions. In the experiment, you will be asked to judge about several cases which option the agent in the scenario should choose. You can enter the experiment via the following link:
We especially encourage the participation of people with expertise in philosophy and/or ethics. At the end of the study, every participant can register for a price draw to win a copy of Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking: Fast and slow”.
The second of six ESRC-funded workshops exploring issues where the ethics and economics of climate change intersect will be held at the University of Nottingham on 13-14 April 2016. The keynote speakers will be John Broome and Armon Rezai.
The spotlight of the workshop will be on the economics and ethics of rapidly increasing the climate finance necessary to meet the Paris Accord mitigation goal of well below 2°C. Estimates of the necessary annual investments in low/zero emissions energy generation to meet this goal are from 1000 to 2000 billion USD. This is three to six times current investment levels. The workshop will address recent proposals from John Broome and others to ‘borrow from the future’ to pay for mitigation. The idea is to use some form of debt financing and investment diverting to achieve mitigation ‘without sacrifice’ from the current generation and to break political logjams. We also encourage papers on other topics on increasing climate financing, such as alternative financing proposals, financing the Green Climate Fund, and assessments of the true obstacles to scaling up climate finance. Finally, we are happy to consider other proposals that are at the intersection of climate ethics and climate economics, but not focused on financing.
We have space for up to six additional presentations, and ten discussants. Funds are available to cover accommodation and internal UK travel expenses for three research students and early-career researchers. Papers will be circulated before the workshop.
Those wishing to present a paper should submit a 500-word abstract by 10th March to both Aaron Maltais (email@example.com) and Matthew Rendall (firstname.lastname@example.org). Anyone interested in serving as a discussant should send the organizers an expression of interest by the same date. Applications simply to sit in on the workshop are also welcome. If applying for funding, please indicate that you are a student, or the year that you received the PhD.
This four-week Summer Institute for College and University Teachers at Grand Valley State University from May 30 to June 24, 2016 extends discussion beyond the public function of the humanities to an intensive examination of the moral psychology behind effective moral education.
I am organising two conferences here at Birmingham on the methods of moral philosophy. The first one of these will take place on the 15th and 16th of September 2016 and the keynote speakers at this conference will be Antti Kauppinen (Tampere), Shaun Nichols (Arizona), and Catherine Wilson (York). The second conference will be on the 4th and 5th of January 2017 with the keynotes from Tristram McPherson (Ohio State), Valerie Tiberius (Minnesota), and Ralph Wedgwood (USC). In addition to the keynote speakers, four speakers for both conferences will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts. More information about the conferences and the call for abstracts can be found from below. The deadline for the abstracts will be on the 15th of May.