The NYU Center for Bioethics , in conjunction with the NYU Environmental Studies Program , will be hosting ‘Valuing Lives: A Conference on Ethics in Health and the Environment’  on Saturday, March 5, 2011.
Various policy issues in environmental and health-related matters force policymakers to trade human lives against other values. Original, unpublished papers from philosophers, economists and legal scholars that address whether and how this can be done in a morally acceptable manner are welcomed. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: commensurability of human life and environmental values; compensation for harms to health; polling, public deliberation, and the appeal to expertise in evaluative matters; prioritizing the life and health of the young and the poorly-off; discounting future lives; saving identifiable lives vs. saving statistical lives; the precautionary principle; the human dignity objection to measuring the value of human life.
Submissions should not exceed 4000 words and must be prepared for blind review. Send the paper, a 150 word abstract and a separate document with your identifying information to Amanda Anjum at asa4 (at) nyu.edu. Submission deadline is November 1, 2010. For further information, contact Ben Sachs (sachs (at) nyu.edu) or go to the conference website at http://bioethics.as.nyu.edu/object/Bioethics.valuinglives .