Bloomsbury Ethics
(previously Continuum Ethics)

A series of books exploring key topics in contemporary ethics.

Bloomsbury Ethics is a series of books that will bridge the gap between new research work and undergraduate textbooks. They provide close examination of key concepts in contemporary moral philosophy. Aimed largely at upper-level undergraduates and research students, they will also appeal to researchers in the field. Authors will be expected to combine philosophical sophistication with an accessible style that can engage the educated reader. More details here:

There is considerable interest in normative ethics regarding whether intentions are relevant for the permissibility of an act, with a number of prominent philosophers such as Judith Jarvis Thomson, Frances Kamm and Thomas Scanlon arguing that they are not relevant. See also a nice discussion about this topic at Pea Soup recently by Alec Walen and Victor Tadros.

Readers of Ethics Etc might be interested in a paper of mine called “Intentions and Moral Permissibility: The Case of Acting Permissibly with Bad Intentions,” which is forthcoming in Law and Philosophy, and in which I argue, pace Thomson, Kamm and Scanlon, that intentions can be relevant for the permissibility of an act. A copy of the paper can be found here and here is an abstract of the paper:

University of Berne, June 29th-30th, 2012
Room 205 (2nd floor), Hallerstrasse 6, 3012 Berne

Friday, 29th June: Personal Relationships, Trust and Love
09:00 – 09:15 Introduction
09:15 – 10:30 Prof. David Velleman (NYU): „Sociality and Solitude“
Comment: Prof. Monika Betzler (University of Berne)
Chair: Dr. Barbara Bleisch (University of Berne)

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:00 Dr. des. Christian Budnik (University of Berne): „Trust and Personal Relationships“
Comment: Dr. Julia Hermann (University of Amsterdam)
Chair: Dr. Barbara Bleisch (University of Berne)

University of Colorado, Boulder
August 9-12, 2012
Boulder, Colorado
An international conference geared to offer the highest quality, highest altitude discussion of ethics, broadly conceived
The Center for Values and Social Policy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder is pleased to invite philosophers to comment on main program papers at the fifth annual RoME Congress.  See our preliminary main conference program below for a list of selected papers.

November 2-3, 2012
University of Illinois

Keynote Speaker:
Sharon Street
New York University

Papers in any area of philosophy are welcome. Submissions on themes from Professor Street’s work, including ethical constructivism and evolutionary challenges to moral realism, are especially encouraged.

Papers must be prepared for blind review and should not exceed 3000
words in length. Abstracts (also required) should not exceed 150 words. Name, affiliation, and contact information should appear on a separate cover sheet.

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2012

Arché Research Centre, University of St Andrews
Time: 30th June – 1st July, 2012
Location: School II, University of St Andrews


Cian Dorr (Oxford)
Alvin Goldman (Rutgers)
Jennifer Nagel (Toronto)
Jonathan Weinberg (Arizona)
Tim Williamson (Oxford)


To register for the workshop you need to pay the delegate fee at the online shop for the workshop. The costs for the workshop are £32 per delegate per day of the conference which includes lunch and tea/coffee in the morning and afternoon. On the online shop you can choose to pay for both days or just one day, and you can also choose to sign-up for the conference dinner. For more details and for the link to the online shop see the workshop webpage (

Jonathan Phillips and his co-authors have put together the following interactive video on happiness. Do check it out!

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