Thursday, March 29, 6:30pm -8:00pm
Location: NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway New York, NY 10003

“This is Your Brain on Politics: Why people believe what they want to believe, and deny science selectively” with Jonathan Moreno and Jonathan Haidt, moderated by S. Matthew Liao.

Jonathan Moreno is David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America (BLP, 2012) and Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century (BLP pap. ed., 2012).

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Reading invites you to the annual Ratio Conference on Friday 20 April 2012.

This year’s theme is Irrealism in Ethics.

Jonas Olson (University of Stockholm): ‘Precursors of Moral Error Theory’
James Lenman (University of Sheffield): ‘Ethics without Errors’
Michael Ridge and Sebastian Köhler (University of Edinburgh): ‘Revolutionary Expressivism’
Mark Kalderon (University College London): ‘The Philosophical Significance of the Frege-Geach Problem’

Registration fee: £15 (staff), £10 (students), which includes tea and coffee during the day.

The conference programme and registration form are available at

Theme: Political Theory and the ‘Liberal’ Tradition

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford | 19-20 April 2012

Graduate students and academics are invited to attend the inaugural Oxford Graduate Conference in Political Theory, to be held at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, on 19-20 April 2012. The theme for this conference is “Political Theory and the ‘Liberal’ Tradition”, and there will be four panels of student speakers, as well as two keynote addresses, given by Professor Jeremy Waldron (University of Oxford) and Professor Charles Mills (Northwestern University). The deadline for registration is 15 April 2012, and attendees can register online at:,com_seminar/It emid,138/

My co-authors, Anders Sandberg and Rebecca Roache, and I chime in on the debate regarding our Human Engineering and Climate Change paper at the Guardian. You can read the interview here.

Recently, the Atlantic interviewed me about the paper “Human Engineering and Climate Change,” which I co-wrote with Anders Sandberg and Rebecca Roache, and which is forthcoming in Ethics, Policy and the Environment. You can find the interview here: ering-could-be-the-solution-to-climate-change/253981/

MERG Mini-Conference at NYU
By S. Matthew Liao

Metro Experimental Research Group, in conjunction with the NYU Center for Bioethics, is hosting a mini-conference at NYU on some exciting new work in experimental philosophy on Friday, March 16th.

The conference includes the following four talks:

* Zoltan Szabo (Yale), Impure Modals

* S. Matthew Liao (NYU), The Doctrine of Double Effect and Experimental Philosophy

* Shaun Nichols (Arizona), Ambiguous Reference

* Fiery Cushman (Brown), Two Functions of Morality

The conference will be held in Room 101 of NYU’s Philosophy department (5 Washington Place) from 10:30 to 5:30. All are welcome to attend.

Please find below the Final Program for the 2012 Bioethics Conference: The Moral Brain. Although we have reached capacity, we strongly encourage you to RSVP so that you can be placed on the waitlist. We will contact you as soon as space becomes available. The direct link for RSVP is at

2012 Brocher Summer Academy in Global Population Health – 18-22 June 2012.

Location: Villa Brocher, Hermance, Switzerland.


Applications are accepted until 15 March 2012.

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