A number of important philosophical books and articles on the topic of human rights have appeared in recent years including James Nickel’s Making Sense of Human Rights, James Griffin’s On Human Rights, Charles R. Beitz’s The Idea of Human Rights, Martha Nussbaum’s Creating Capabilities, Allen Buchanan’s Heart of Human Rights, and John Tasioulas’s various articles and his planned monograph on human rights.

A conference, Illuminating Reasons: An Inquiry into the Phenomenology of Moral Experience, will take place October 16-18, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona, featuring prominent scholars from the fields of philosophy and psychology. The conference is part of a project being conducted by Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons of the University of Arizona, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

The conference will be streamed live, allowing remote viewers to submit questions to speakers.

If you would like to register, either to attend in person or to participate remotely, please visit the conference website www.illuminatingreasons.com and register. There is no registration fee. The conference program is also available on the website.

CFA: Dominating Speech at UConn
By S. Matthew Liao

Dominating Speech
Conference at UConn
November 21-23, 2014

Keynotes:
Ishani Maitra (Michigan)
Jason Stanley (Yale)

The Injustice League in the Philosophy Department at the University of Connecticut seeks abstracts on topics related to the conference theme. Suggested topics include: hate speech, slurs, propaganda, slut-shaming, bragging, and gossip.

Philosophical work from a variety of subfields, including: ethics, political philosophy, social philosophy, philosophy of language, epistemology (e.g. epistemic injustice), feminist philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of race, and queer theory are welcomed.

The Journal of Moral Philosophy has just published a special issue on Frances Kamm’s book, Ethics for Enemies. Commentators include Professors Caspar Hare, Suzanne Uniacke, Tom Hurka, Jeff McMahan, Gabriella Blum and John C. P. Goldberg. Professor Kamm als provides a Précis and Responses to the Commentators. Here’s the content of the issue:

Summary of Ethics for Enemies
Frances Kamm
pp.: 373–384 (12)

Torture – Does Timing Matter?
Caspar Hare
pp.: 385–394 (10)

Opportunistic Terrorism
Suzanne Uniacke
pp.: 395–410 (16)

Kamm on Intention and Proportionality in War
Thomas Hurka
pp.: 411–427 (17)

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2014

The second annual Austin Graduate Ethics and Normativity Talks (AGENT) will take place on October 10-11, 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Ruth Chang (Rutgers) will give this year’s keynote address.

Submissions of high-quality papers from graduate students in any area of philosophy related to normativity and value theory broadly construed, including but not limited to: Aesthetics, Applied Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, History of Ethics, Political/legal Philosophy, Philosophy of Gender, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy & Disability, Normative Ethics, Metaethics are welcomed.

Many congratulations to Professor John Tasioulas who will be joining The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London on 1 September 2014 as the inaugural Yeoh Chair of Politics, Philosophy & Law and founding Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law! John is a leading international figure in law and philosophy and this is very well deserved!

Helsinki 11-13 November 2014

Confirmed speakers:
John Broome (University of Oxford)
John O’Neill (University of Manchester)

The debates around climate change have renewed the interest in the relation between ethics and economics. The most recent indication of this is the Working Group III report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which takes the ethical foundations of climate mitigation policies explicitly into consideration. For the first time, influential climate ethicists were invited to be among the authors of the report. The aim was to connect the economic evaluation of climate policies to the discussion of the ethical issues.

Many congratulations to Professor Jeff McMahan on taking up the White’s Chair of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University. I couldn’t be happier for Jeff and for Oxford.

November 6-9, 2014
Practical Reason, Moral Judgment and Moral Sense, Sensibility and Sentiment in the Moral Life

23-24 May 2014
St Mary’s College, Durham University

Conference speakers include: Thom Brooks (Durham), Clare Chambers (Cambridge), Maria Dimova-Cookson (Durham), Phillip Horky (Durham), Peter Jones (Newcastle), Maleiha Malik (KCL), Mozaffar Qizilbash (York), Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), Sara Protasi (Yale)

CONFERENCE WEBSITE


Overcoming Intolerance: Nussbaum and Her Critics
is a two-day event that brings Professor Martha C. Nussbaum to Durham University. Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago and one of the leading political and legal philosophers today. She is the author of nearly 20 monographs, including The Fragility of Goodness (1986), Sex and Social Justice (1999), Women and Human Development (2000), Hiding from Humanity (2004), Frontiers of Justice (2006) and Creating Capabilities (2011) among many others.