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University of Colorado, Boulder
August 4-7, 2011

The Center for Values and Social Policy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder is pleased to invite paper proposals for the fourth annual RoME congress. Papers from all areas of ethics and political theory are invited. To encourage the participation of junior scholars, the University of Colorado will be awarding a Young Ethicist Prize of $500 for most meritorious submission. The prize competition is open to any participating untenured philosopher (including, but not limited to, tenure-track faculty, instructors, and graduate students).

This year, as well, there will be a one day symposium to honor the work of Judith Jarvis Thomson. Plan and book travel an extra day in advance. For more information on the Thomson Symposium, see below.

Submission of abstracts: Feb 1, 2011.
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2011.
Full paper submission for Young Ethicist Prize Consideration: June 1, 2011.

Abstracts only (750-1000 words). Shorter or longer abstracts will not be accepted. Double spaced, prepared for blind-review.

(Anticipate full papers at half-hour reading time or 4500 words, whichever is shorter.)

In order to be considered for the Young Ethicist Prize, complete papers must be submitted by June 1, 2011 and abstracts must have already been accepted for participation. Announcement of a winner will be made at the event.

Indicate in your submission whether you would consider being a commentator on another paper, should your paper not be accepted to the conference for presentation.

Please submit abstracts electronically (in Word format) to Benjamin Hale (bhale (at) and Alastair Norcross (Alastair.Norcross (at)

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Judith Jarvis Thomson’s “A Defense of Abortion”
After Forty Years
A Critical Appreciation

August 3, 2011

Judith Jarvis Thomson’s seminal article “A Defense of Abortion” was first published in 1971. It has since become one of the most widely taught, widely reprinted, and widely discussed papers in contemporary moral philosophy. To mark the fortieth anniversary of its initial publication, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado is pleased to announce a symposium devoted to a critical examination of Thomson’s famous article. The event will take place on the early evening of Wednesday, August 3, 2011, the day before the start of RoME 2011.

Participants will include:
Francis Beckwith (Baylor University)
David Boonin (University of Colorado)
John Martin Fischer (University of California, Riverside)
Don Marquis (University of Kansas)


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