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5th Annual Metaethics Workshop
By S. Matthew Liao

The program for the 5th Annual Metaethics Workshop organized by Professor Russ Shafer-Landau has been finalized. The workshop will be held in Madison, WI on Sept 12-14, 2008. Registration is free and all are welcome. If you would like to attend, please email Professor Shafer-Landau (shaferlandau at and let him know.

5th Annual Metaethics Workshop
Madison, Wisconsin September 12-14, 2008
All Sessions in 313 Pyle Center (702 Langdon Street)

9am – 10:15am MELISSA BARRY (Williams) Humean Theories Of Motivation
Chair: Christian Miller (Wake Forest)
10:30am – 11:45am JULIA MARKOVITS (Harvard) Why Be An Internalist About Reasons?
Chair: Tristram McPherson (UM-Duluth)
1:30pm – 2:45pm JAMIE DREIER (Brown) When Do Goals Explain The Norms That Advance Them?
Chair: Jon Tresan (Florida)
3:00pm – 4:30pm JOSEPH RAZ (Oxford/Columbia) On Normativity ***KEYNOTE ADDRESS***
4:45pm – 6pm MARK SCHROEDER (USC) Value And The Right Kind Of Reason
Chair: Robert Mabrito (NC State)
8pm -11 pm RECEPTION (Memorial Union, Room TBA)

9am – 10:15am JUSSI SUIKKANEN (Reading) Non-naturalism: The Jackson Challenge
Chair: Melis Erdur (NYU)
10:40am – Noon CATHERINE WILSON (CUNY) “It’s Better Than It Was”: Theory Change In Ethics
Chair: Gunnar Bjornsson (Gothenburg)
1:30pm – 2:45pm DAVID ENOCH (Hebrew University) How Objectivity Matters
Chair: Simon Rippon (Harvard)
3:00pm – 4:30pm SIMON BLACKBURN (Cambridge/UNC-Chapel Hill) The Delights of Expressivism ***KEYNOTE ADDRESS***
4:45pm – 6pm ANTTI KAUPPINEN (St. Andrews) A Sentimentalist Solution To The Moral Attitude Problem
Chair: Jyl Gentzler (Amherst)

9:30am – 10:45am JULIE TANNENBAUM (CSU-Northridge) Categorizing Goods
Chair: Matt Bedke (Arizona)
11:00am -12:15pm STEPHEN FINLAY (USC) Normativity, Necessity and Tense
Chair: Carla Bagnoli (UW-Milwaukee)

The program and other details are also posted on the workshop website:

Papers will be available on the website around August 15th.

I’ll unfortunately miss this conference, as I will be in Berkeley for the ISUS conference. But if you are available, you should definitely try to attend this fantastic conference.


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