From Professor Sandra Laugier (Sorbonne):

This conference is meant as an homage to Cora Diamond’s work in ethics, and focuses on its European reception. Her work has been translated in French and Italian in the recent years.

“Ethics, Imagination, and Forms of Life”
13-15 September 2010, Amiens, France
Pôle cathédrale, Placette Lafleur
Amphithéâtre Carré de Malberg
Admission free – open to graduate students and researchers
Contact : sandra.laugier (at)

Monday, September 13th
Amphithéâtre Carré de Malberg

Sandra Laugier, Emmanuel Halais (UPJV, CURAPP)

Chair : Vincent Descombes (EHESS)

CFP: Criminalization Conference
By S. Matthew Liao

University of Stirling
7-9 September 2011

It is often said that contemporary liberal democracies such as Britain and the USA face a crisis of over-criminalization: too much conduct is criminalized, too hastily, without adequate thought about the aims it should serve. The result is a disorganized, unprincipled criminal law, which subjects too many people to the threat of arrest and punishment. But normative theorists of criminal law, who have made major advances in systematic work on such issues as punishment and criminal responsibility, have made comparatively little systematic progress on this problem. The Criminalization Project, an AHRC-funded project involving researchers from the Universities of Stirling, Glasgow, Warwick and York aims to remedy this lack, by bringing together philosophers, lawyers and political scientists to discuss the various dimensions of the problem of criminalization.

CFP: Reasons of Love
By S. Matthew Liao

International Conference, Institute of Philosophy,
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium),
30 May-1 June 2011

This conference’s title is ambiguous on purpose. The relationship between love and reasons for action is highly interesting and complicated. It is not clear how love is related to reasons. Love might be a response to certain normative reasons, since it seems fitting to love certain objects. However, love also seems to create reasons and not to be a response to certain appropriate reasons. Love’s relationship to morality is also complex. It is not clear how the normative reasons for acting morally are related to the reasons of love. It is sometimes argued that love is not a virtue because the reasons for acting morally are not the same as the reasons for acting lovingly. But the notion of ‘unprincipled virtue’ seems to make room for love as a motive of morally praiseworthy actions.

I recently gave an interview for Big Think on erasing memories Eternal Sunshine-style for their series on “Dangerous Ideas.” They are running this series throughout the month of August, and other people in the series include Stephen Hawking, Noam Chomsky, Richard Posner, and Gary Becker.

The entire series, which is still ongoing, can be found here, and my portion on erasing memories can be found here. Below is a video of the interview.

CONF: Problem with Priority?
By S. Matthew Liao

Sometime ago, Mike Otsuka (UCL) mentioned here that Derek Parfit will be responding to an article by him and Alex Voorhoeve entitled ‘Why It Matters That Some Are Worse Off Than Others: An Argument against the Priority View’ here on Ethics Etc, with further responses from Mike and Alex, once Derek’s book, On What Matters, is published. In the meantime, the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT) has put together a really nice one day conference to discuss Mike’s and Alex’s paper.

Date: 19th November 2010
Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Location: University of Manchester, UK

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