The final program is now available for this week’s conference on “Measuring Borderline States of Consciousness”, co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness and the NYU Center for Bioethics.

The conference will be held on Friday October 24 and Saturday October 25 at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South.

Registration is free but required. You can register via a link on the
conference website ( or directly at


Friday, October 24, 2014

9am-10am: Conference Registration & Check-In

CFA: Dominating Speech at UConn
By S. Matthew Liao

Update: Registration is now open for this workshop. Please register at Registration will close on November 14th.

Conference at UConn
November 21-23, 2014

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.

Friday, October 10 – Saturday, October 11, 2014
The Quadrangle Club, Library
1155 E 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

RSVP using the form at the bottom of this webpage.

This two-day symposium, presented by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society and the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, will bring interdisciplinary scholars together to ask first whether there is a human right to health care. Symposium participants will also explore how to define a right to health care and then who has the obligation to provide and protect this right.

Symposium Schedule
Friday, October 10

Friday, October 24th – Saturday, October 25th
53 Washington Square South, 1st Floor Auditorium, New York

On October 24-25, the NYU Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness and the NYU Center for Bioethics will host a conference on Measuring Borderline States of Consciousness.

There are famous difficulties in measuring subjective states of consciousness. Nevertheless, a number of techniques have recently
been developed for measuring states of consciousness in clinical settings. These techniques have been applied to borderlines states of consciousness: in particular, those found in patients diagnosed with vegetative state and minimally conscious state, and those found in patients under anesthesia. Measures using fMRI imaging, electroencephalography, and various other technologies have been developed.

Readers of Ethics Etc might be interested in an op-ed of mine in Scientific American, which explores the ethics of using brain implants to create supersoldiers.

The online version can be found here: eep-brain-stimulation-fortify-soldiers-minds/

Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15, 2014
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Speakers (in alphabetical order):
Simon Blackburn (UNC Chapel Hill); Justin D’Arms (Ohio State); Remy Debes (Memphis); Sabine Döring (Tübingen); Michael Frazer (Harvard); Daniel Jacobson (UMichigan); Antti Kauppinen (Trinity College, Dublin); Michelle Mason (Minnesota); Diana Tietjen Meyers (UConn); Jesse Prinz (CUNY); Peter Railton (UMichigan); Karl Schafer (Pittsburgh); Karsten Stueber (Holy Cross); David Wong (Duke)

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 and register. There is no registration fee. The conference program is also available on the website.

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.