The Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) is holding a workshop entitled “Eliminative and Manipulative Agency in the Ethics of Self-Defence.”
Date: June 15, 2010
Location: Old Indian Institute, James Martin 21st Century School, Oxford
Time: 0900-1800

Dr. Helen Frowe (Sheffield): ‘Threats And Bystanders’
Dr. Gerald Lang (Leeds): ‘Self-Defence And Agency’
Dr. Seth Lazar (Oxford): ‘Scepticism About The Eliminative/Manipulative Agency Distinction’
Professor Victor Tadros (Warwick): ‘Duty And Liability’

Jo Firth (Oxford)
Dr. Jon Quong (Manchester)
Dr. David Rodin (Oxford)
Guy Sela (Oxford)

The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy

Call for Abstracts
“Freedom, Paternalism and Morality”
April 1-2, 2011
The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy will take place in Bowling Green, Ohio on April 1-2, 2011. Keynote speakers will be Gerald Dworkin (University of California at Davis) and Douglas Husak (Rutgers University)
Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit a 2-3 page abstract (double-spaced) by September 1, 2010. We welcome submissions in all areas in applied ethics and philosophical issues relevant to public policy. Special consideration will be given to papers relevant to this year’s conference theme: Freedom, Paternalism, and Morality.
Only one submission per person is permitted. Abstracts will be evaluated by a program committee and decisions made in early October 2010. Please direct all abstracts and queries to:

The Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT will host a one day conference on Judy Thomson‘s recent book Normativity. All are welcome.

Date: Friday 11 June 2010
Location: Stata Center (map), MIT. Room 32-d461 (take the elevator in the Dreyfoos Tower to the Fourth Floor; map)

10.30 – 12.00
Peter Railton (Michigan)
1.00 – 2.30
Gideon Rosen (Princeton)
3.00 – 4.30
Michael Smith (Princeton)
4.45 – 5.45
Round-table discussion with the speakers and Judy Thomson

Organizer: Richard Holton – holton (at)

Myles Burnyeat, John Roemer, T. M. Scanlon, and Philippe Van Parijs will be speaking at a memorial for Jerry Cohen on Saturday, June 19, at 2.15 pm, in the Codrington Library of All Souls College, Oxford. There will also be a reception in Jerry’s memory at the UCL Philosophy Department on Thursday, June 17, at 5 pm.

2010 BSET Registration Open
By S. Matthew Liao

Registration is now open for the 2010 conference of the British Society for Ethical Theory, to be held at the University of Nottingham, 7th-9th July. (This is the period directly before the 2010 Joint Session.)

Details of the programme and registration forms are available here:

Keynote speakers:
Jamie Dreier (Brown)
Tim Mulgan (St. Andrews)

Submitted Papers:
“Value Incomparability and Indeterminacy” – Cristian Constantinescu (Cambridge)

“A New Theory of Well-Being” – Jennifer Hawkins (Duke)

“Sentimentalism and Deontological Intuitions” – Antti Kauppinen (Amsterdam/Trinity College Dublin)

“Faith in Humanity” – Ryan Preston-Roedder (Chapel Hill)

There is a fantastic “Author Meets Critics” event being held at Stanford this week, which will discuss Professor Charles Beitz’s book, The Idea of Human Rights.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Philippines Room-3rd Floor Encina Hall
Stanford University
12:15 -5:00pm

Critics: Barbara Herman (Philosophy, UCLA)
Tim Scanlon (Philosophy, Harvard)
Jenny Martinez (Law, Stanford)
James Fearon (Political Science, Stanford)
Response: Charles Beitz ( Politics, Princeton)

Professor Charles Beitz is a Professor of Politics at Princeton University. His philosophical and teaching interests focus on international political theory, democratic theory, the theory of human rights and legal theory. He coedited International Ethics and Law, Economics, and Philosophy. His current work includes projects on the philosophy of human rights and the theory of intellectual property.

Stockholm June Workshop in Philosophy 2010:
Ethics and Epistemology
Thursday 3 June, 10 am – 5 pm,
Room D207, Frescati
Stockholm University

10.00 Welcome
10.05 Brian McElwee (Oxford): ‘The Structure of Demandingness Objections’. Commentator: Katharina Berndt (Stockholm).
11.05 Coffee
11.20 Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm): ‘What Justifies Beliefs about One’s Own Beliefs?’ Commentator: Sara Packalén (Stockholm).
12.20 Lunch
13.40 Karl Karlander (Stockholm): ‘The Varieties of Pain’. Commentator: Jonas Olson (Stockholm).
14.40 Break
14.45 Jonas Åkerman (Stockholm): ’Referential Intentions’. Commentator: Emma Wallin (Stockholm).
15.45 Coffee
16.00 Chris Heathwood (UC Boulder): ‘Could Morality Have a Source’? Commentator: Jens Johansson (Stockholm).

15 June 2010
University College London
Sponsored by The UCL Institute for Human Rights, King’s College London and The LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights

About the event:
This one-day symposium brings together leading theorists of politics and law to discuss the nature and importance of human rights.

Capacity for this event is very limited, with a maximum of 35 participants. Those interested in participating should express their interest via e-mail to human.rights (at) by 10 MAY 2010.

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