SLACRR 3 – Program
By S. Matthew Liao

Here are the main speakers at the next St. Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality, May 20-22, 2012.

Keynote: Jonathan Dancy (Texas/Reading), “More Right than Wrong”

* Nomy Arpaly (Brown) and Timothy Schroeder (Ohio State), “Acting and Believing for Reasons”
* Agnes Callard (Chicago), ”Introducing Socratic Anti-Intellectualism”
* Patricio Fernandez (Harvard), “Why Not Act?
* Ernesto Garcia (Massachusetts), “Explaining Constitutive Norms”
* Alex Gregory (Reading), “A Very Good Reason to Reject the Buck-Passing Account” * Ali Hasan (Iowa), “A Puzzle for Analyses of Rationality”
* Doug Portmore (Arizona State), “Perform Your Best Option”
* Abe Roth (Ohio State), “Team Reasoning, Shared Intention, and Non-Evidential Warrant for Belief”
* Michael Titelbaum (Wisconsin), “In Defense of Right Reasons”
* Daniel Whiting (Southampton), ”Reasons for Belief, the Aim of Belief, and the Aim of Action”

Reply to Sobel
By Allen Wood

I am grateful that my post on Ethics Etc. finally reached David Sobel, and that he has taken the trouble to respond to it. On the face of it, his response looks pretty devastating – I am sure it must seem so to him. But I offer the following rejoinder:

I suppose I should have anticipated this reply, given the way Parfit presents what he calls ‘the agony argument’ and the way in which Sobel in his article exploits the notions of liking and disliking. Nor can it be my aim to speak for Parfit or defend the letter of his texts (he is surely more able to do that for himself than I could possibly be on his behalf). My aim, however, was to criticize the strategy Sobel uses in defending subjectivism about reasons against Parfit’s objections. In a short post, it was impossible for me to do this in a way that avoids misunderstanding. For this reason, the present note is quite a bit longer, because it will take longer to explain what I believe to be at issue. I agree that Sobel’s reply seems quite apt in relation to the letter of what Parfit says. However, this reply also perpetuates the fatal confusion on which I believe the argument of Sobel’s article rests.

The Department of Philosophy at Saint Louis University will be hosting the Henle Conference on Happiness and Well-Being on March 30-31, 2012. A tentative schedule appears below.

A paper I’ve co-written with Anders Sandberg (Oxford) and Rebecca Roache (Oxford) entitled “Human Engineering and Climate Change” has been selected by Ethics, Policy, and Environment to be a Target Article for their next issue. The abstract of our paper is as follows:

March 16 & 17, 2012
Bowling Green State University

Registration is free and open to all. To register; visit the workshop website: 39.html

There is a call for abstracts for the Ninth Annual Metaethics Workshop, to be held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on September 28-30, 2012.

Jonathan Dancy (Reading and Texas) will be this year’s keynote speaker. Abstracts (of 2-3 double-spaced pages) of papers in any area of metaethics are due by May 1. There is a limit of one submission per person. Speakers in the 2010 or 2011 workshop are not eligible to submit abstracts for this year’s event. A program committee will evaluate submissions and make decisions by early June.

NEH Summer Institute
By S. Matthew Liao

Ron Mallon (Philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis) and Shaun Nichols (Philosophy, Arizona) are hosting an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers in Experimental Philosophy this July in Tucson. Details are here:

Applications are due March 1st, 2012.

Institutes are designed for teachers of American undergraduate students. Because of recent changes to the program, now up to three spaces may be awarded to graduate students in the humanities as well.

Consider applying!

Saturday, September 8, 2012
Washington and Jefferson College
Washington, Pennsylvania
Keynote Speaker: Carl Craver (Washington University in St. Louis)

This conference seeks to foster philosophical discussion among the many philosophers at institutions in and surrounding Pittsburgh, and to encourage philosophers from any geographic location to participate in this vibrant community.

The morning sessions will consist of four concurrent working groups, organized roughly on the themes of Ethics, Analytic Philosophy, Continental Philosophy and History. Those wishing to have a working paper considered for discussion need only submit an abstract (200 words max), and be willing, if selected, to make the full paper available to conference participants by August 15.

JOB: Lectureships at Stanford
By S. Matthew Liao

Stanford University is now accepting applications for lecturers to teach in the liberal arts curriculum required for freshmen. In 2012-13, Stanford will transform the Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) program to include a broad range of disciplinary areas of study. Courses offered in this curriculum will span such diverse fields as American studies, physical chemistry, environmental studies, biological sciences, social psychology, and political philosophy as well as the traditional humanities disciplines. This is a one-year position.

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