From Rob Reich:

Stanford University
Spencer Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Equality of Opportunity and Education

The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford is seeking two post doctoral scholars for a project focused on issues of equality of opportunity and the public provision of education. These fellowships have been created with funding by the Spencer Foundation. The fellows will join the community of post doctoral fellows at the Center but will be selected on the basis of their fit with a new multi-year project on Equality of Opportunity and the Public Provision of Education. Scholars with a PhD (from disciplines such as philosophy, education or one of the social sciences) or a JD with research interests related to (any of) the following questions are encouraged to apply:

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 Original, unpublished papers from philosophers, economists and legal scholars that address whether and how this can be done in a morally acceptable manner are welcomed.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.

From Ben Bradley:

The Philosophy Department at Syracuse University invites applications from senior figures to assume the Guttag Professorship of Ethics and Political Philosophy following the retirement of Guttag Professor Michael Stocker in May 2011.

Duties normally include both graduate and undergraduate teaching, research, advising, and committee service. Salary and exact balance of duties negotiable. Applications from women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged. Informal expressions of interest may be sent to Robert Van Gulick, Chair, Guttag Search Committee, Department of Philosophy (rnvangul (at) For formal consideration, candidates must complete an online Dean/Senior Executive/Faculty application (, and attach a CV and contact information for three letters of recommendation.

Readers may be familiar with my “Publishing Advice for Graduate Students” which addressed issues from publishing book reviews and conference proceedings to replies, full length articles, and submitting book contracts successfully. I have been genuinely thrilled by its reception as it struck me that there was a real dearth of helpful advice on the subject available. Students only had to hope for an insighful supervisor to teach them the ropes previously.

I am now beginning work on “How to Peer Review” which will address substantive, practical advice on how to best conduct reviews of journal articles and book proposals. This seems to be the new area where good information is lacking.

I am delighted to announce a new book series in moral philosophy:

Studies in Moral Philosophy is a new book series affiliated with the Journal of Moral Philosophy. This new series will publish books in all areas of normative philosophy, including applied ethics and metaethics, as well as moral, legal, and political theory. Research book proposals exploring non-Western traditions are also welcome. The series seeks to promote lively discussions and debates among the wider philosophical community by publishing work that avoids unnecessary jargon without sacrificing academic rigour.

Prospective authors interested in contributing to this series should contact the Series Editor, Thom Brooks, in the first instance.

Moral philosophers disagree about a lot of stuff.  They disagree, for example, on whether moral properties exist and, if so, what the heck they are and how we have knowledge of them; on whether one can derive an ‘ought’ from an ‘is’ and, if not, whether this really matters or not; on whether moral judgments are the deliverances of affective or purely cognitive faculties; on whether moral omissions have the same status as moral comissions; and a whole lot besides.

One particular claim, though, seems to have widespread endorsement—the claim that ordinary folk are objectivists when it comes to morality.  According to this view, ordinary folk believe moral issues admit of a single correct answer, and reject the idea that two people with conflicting positions on a moral issue may both be right.  This claim of  ‘folk objectivism’ enjoys a surprising degree of consensus, and can be found in the works of a diverse range of moral philosophers with disparate theoretical commitments (e.g. Blackburn 1984; Brink 1989; Gibbard 1992; Mackie 1977; Shafer-Landau 2003).  It is a datum that most metaethical theories try to vindicate or accommodate.  But is this claim correct?  The answer would seem to be important, as the claim of folk objectivism has played a significant role in theorizing about the nature of ethics.

Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Frankfurt University

Cluster Lecture Series Winter Semester 2010/11:
The Nature of Normativity

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M. / Campus Westend / Hörsaalzentrum / HZ5


Wednesday, 1 December 2010, 6pm
Professor Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)
Reason’s Form

Wednesday, 8 December 2010, 6pm
Professor Christine Korsgaard (Harvard University)
The Normative Constitution of Agency

Wednesday, 15 December 2010, 6pm
Professor Joseph Raz (Columbia University)
Normativity: what is it and how can it be explained?

Wednesday, 12 January 2011, 6pm
Professor Thomas M. Scanlon (Harvard University)
Metaphysical Objections to Normative Truth

Amartya Sen is scheduled to deliver the annual Lewis Burke Frumkes Lecture, speaking on “Global Justice and Political Philosophy” on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in Hemmerdinger Lecture Hall, Silver Center. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, at Harvard University and was until recently the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served as President of the Economics Society, the Indian Economic Association, the American Economic Association and the International Economic Association. He was formerly Honorary President of OXFAM and is now its Honorary Advisor. He was the Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University, and is a Distinguished Fellow of All Souls.

Date: November 10-11, 2010
Location: UCL (Nov 10) and Senate House, University of London (Nov 11)

November 10
Ethics of Risk Workshop
Location Gavin De Beer Lecture Theatre
9.30 Registration

10.00 Dave Holly “Models of Moral Reasoning and Risk”

11.15 Madeleine Hayenhjelm ‘The Fair Distribution of Risk’

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Mike Otsuka and Alex Voorhoeve ‘The Priority View And Cases Involving Risk’

2.45 Tea

3.15 Jo Wolff ‘Five Types of Risky Situation’

November 11, 2010
Moral Decision Making Under Uncertainty
Location: Senate Room, Senate House, Malet Street
9.30 Registration

Workshop on Michael Smith
By S. Matthew Liao

Michael Smith: “Meta-Ethics, Action Theory, Consequentialism”
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Date: November 16th – 18th 2010

Tuesday, November 16th: META-ETHICS
9.00 – 12.00: In Defence of The Moral Problem
14.00 – 17.00: Beyond the Error Theory

Wednesday, November 17th: ACTION THEORY
9.00 – 12.00: The Possibility of Philosophy of Action
14.00 – 17.00: Scanlon on Desire and the Explanation of Action

Thursday, November 18th: CONSEQUENTIALISM
9.00 – 12.00: Two Kinds of Consequentialism
14.00 – 17.00: On Normativity

More detailed information is available at

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