PhilPapers Has Gone Public
By S. Matthew Liao

PhilPapers, maintained by David Bourget and David Chalmers at the Australian National University, has gone public. PhilPapers is a comprehensive directory of online philosophy articles by academic philosophers. Its purpose is to facilitate the exchange and development of philosophical research through the internet. The service gathers and organizes philosophical research on the Internet, and provides tools for philosophers to access, organize, and discuss this research. It monitors journals in many areas of philosophy, as well as archives and personal pages. It also accepts articles directly from users, who can provide links or upload copies.

Journal of Moral Philosophy 6(1) (2009)
JOURNAL OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY: An International Journal of Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy
(ISSN 1740-4681)

* Note: the JMP is now quarterly from 2009 *

Volume 6, Number 1 (2009)



Daniel Nolan, ‘Consequentialism and Side Constraints’, pp. 5-22

Maria Merritt, ‘Aristotelian Virtue and the Interpersonal Aspect of Ethical Character’, pp. 23-49

Liezl van Zyl, ‘Agent-based Virtue Ethics and the Problem of Action Guidance’, pp. 50-69

Sterling Lynch, ‘The Fact of Diversity and Reasonable Pluralism’, pp. 70-93

Yuval Eylon, ‘Just Threats’, pp. 94-108

There is a call for abstracts for the Sixth Annual Metaethics Workshop, to be held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on September 11-13, 2009. Allan Gibbard (Michigan) will be this year’s keynote speaker. Abstracts (of 2-3 double-spaced pages) of papers in any area of metaethics are due by May 1. There is a limit of one submission per person. Speakers in the 2007 or 2008 workshop are not eligible to submit abstracts for this year’s event. A program committee will evaluate submissions and make decisions by early June.
Information on submitting an abstract, plus much other relevant information about the workshop, can be obtained at the workshop website:
  All questions about the workshop may be directed to Professor Russ Shafer-Landau. Please see the contact information below.
Russ would greatly appreciate your forwarding this message to colleagues and/or graduate students in your department, and to any other philosophers you believe might be interested in participating in the workshop.

Dr. Fiona Woollard from University of Sheffield gave a talk entitled “Doing, Allowing and Imposing” this past Monday at the Oxford Moral Philosophy Seminar. Here is an abstract of her talk:

The Doctrine of Doing and Allowing states that doing harm is harder to justify than merely allowing harm. I offer a defence of the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing using the idea of imposition. The Doctrine of Doing and Allowing should be understood as a principle protecting us from harmful imposition. Protection from harmful imposition is necessary to respect persons’ authority over what belongs to them. Thus if persons do have authority over what belongs to them, the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing must hold. I end by considering how we could establish that persons have authority over what belongs to them.

On Human Shields and Excuses
By Antti Kauppinen

The recent war in Gaza has stimulated a lot of popular discussion about the moral implications of the use of so-called ‘human shields’, non-combatants who are in close proximity to combatants, either voluntarily or involuntarily. Much of this discussion has been very simplistic and transparently rhetorical. Nevertheless, there are interesting ethical issues arising in the context of asymmetrical warfare that we should be able to examine at a degree of abstraction from the contested facts.

Experimental Philosophy is a new movement that uses experiments to address traditional philosophical questions. Although the movement is only a few years old, it has attracted prolific practitioners as well as ardent critics. (For more about Experimental Philosophy, see the recent article in the New York Times or the ongoing discussion at the Experimental Philosophy Blog.)

This summer, the NEH is sponsoring an Institute on Experimental Philosophy. The Institute will bring in over a dozen distinguished guest faculty, who will present their latest research across a wide range of issues and perspectives. The Institute will also provide participants with the opportunity to learn experimental methods that are used in Experimental Philosophy. The Institute will also provide participants with the opportunity to learn experimental methods that are used in Experimental Philosophy.

The 2nd annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME) will be held in Boulder, Colorado August 6-9 2009. Note that this is a congress, not just a conference. That means it’s more important. There may even be a sexual connotation to “congress” for those whose minds work like that. Who am I to judge?

Some have called the first RoME Congress (August 2008) “the best damn ethics conference or congress ever. Perhaps even the best damn philosophy conference or congress ever”. I am supremely confident that the 2nd RoME Congress will be even better.

Sayre-McCord on Moral Dilemmas
By S. Matthew Liao

Professor Geoffrey Sayre-McCord from UNC gave a talk entitled “A Moral Argument Against Moral Dilemmas” sometime ago at the Oxford Moral Philosophy Seminar. Geoff considers whether there are any genuine moral dilemmas and offers a moral argument against them. Here is a paper version of his talk, and he welcomes any comments/suggestions.

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