The NYU Center for Bioethics and the NYU Environmental Studies Program invite applications for the position of Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, pending administrative and budgetary approval. The initial appointment will be for one year beginning September 1, 2012, renewable annually for a maximum of three years. An applicant should have a keen interest in and preferably have written and taught in areas bioethics and environmental studies. We also welcome candidates who have training in such areas as ethics, political philosophy, social and political theory, public policy, or environmental health, who have strong or emerging teaching and research interests in bioethics and environmental studies. Applicants must expect to receive their Ph.D by Fall 2012 or have completed it no more than three years before the start date. We especially urge minority and female candidates to apply.

By S. Matthew Liao

May 20 – 22, 2012
Moonrise Hotel in St Louis, MO

Keynote Speaker:
Jonathan Dancy (Reading/Texas)

St. Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality (SLACRR) provides a forum for new work on practical and theoretical reason, broadly construed.

Please submit an abstract of 750-1500 words by December 31, 2011 to SLACRR (at) In writing your abstract, please bear in mind that full papers should suitable for a 30 minute presentation.

What to Submit

I’m honored to be one of the keynote speakers at the 2011 Northeastern Workshop in Philosophy. Here are some details of the workshop.

Topic: “Ethical issues in Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems.”
September 30 to October 2, 2011
Northeastern University, Boston

Biological and ecological problems are increasingly understood and approached from an engineering perspective. In environmental contexts this is exemplified in the discourses around geoengineering, designer ecosystems, and assisted colonization. In human health contexts it is exemplified in the discourses around synthetic biology, bionanotechnology, and human enhancement. This workshop will bring together ethicists, philosophers, and others working on issues related to engineering complex biological and ecological systems. The workshop is designed to provide speakers with constructive feedback from colleagues working on related issues.

The Truth of Ethics
February 24-25, 2012
Fordham University

Keynote Speaker:
Prof. Stephen Darwall (Yale University)

Papers of high quality relating to the topic “the Truth of Ethics,” broadly construed are invited. Paper topics may address issues in moral epistemology, normative and meta-ethical theory, competing theories of truth, moral psychology, applied ethics, and other related areas.

Sample questions include:

What does moral reasoning tell us about the nature of reason in general?

Do moral propositions have truth values? If so, how do we know them?

If not, then what is their status?

October 7, 2011
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Invited speakers:
James Beebe (Buffalo)
Mark Phelan (Lawrence)
Stephen Clarke (Oxford)
Frank Hindriks (Groningen)
Katinka Quintelier (Ghent)

The program of the workshop has slightly changed. Stephen Stich, one of the earlier invited speakers, had to cancel his talk owing to health problems. Mark Phelan (previously at Yale, now at Lawrence) will fill in for Steve Stich.

Registration for this event is free of charge. For more info (full program, travel, registration), visit the workshop’s website here.

Workshop organizers: Martin Peterson & Krist Vaesen (Eindhoven)

Oxford University Press has launched the new Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy series edited by Joshua Knobe, Tania Lombrozo, and Shaun Nichols. The series joins other successful volumes in the Oxford Studies in . . . series, which bring together original articles on all aspects of their respective topics. Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy will publish a volume every two years, featuring outstanding papers at the cutting edge of experimental philosophy as well as papers that engage in critical discussion of the field. Philosophers and scientists alike are invited to contribute.

International conference

Venue: City Campus, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Date: 20-21 September 2012
Organizers: University of Antwerp, Ghent University & Tilburg University


Marcus Duewell (Universiteit Utrecht)
Paul Guyer (University of Pennsylvania)
Barbara Herman (UCLA)
Pauline Kleingeld (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Jens Timmermann (University of St. Andrews)


In addition to the plenary sessions there will be room for presentations of short papers (20-30 min). If you wish to contribute, please send an abstract of 500 words to liesbet.vanhaute (at) The deadline for submission is 30 September 2011. Participants whose abstract is accepted will be asked to send in a full paper by May 2012.

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