A paper I wrote with Adam Etinson on human rights called “Political and Naturalistic Conceptions of Human Rights: A False Polemic?” has just come out with the Journal of Moral Philosophy.

Subscription version can be found here and a penultimate version can be found here.

Here is an abstract of the paper:

When: November 30-December 1st
Where: Princeton University

Invited Speakers:
Ruth Chang (Rutgers)
Stephen Darwall (Yale)
John Horty (Maryland)
Stephen Kearns (Florida State) & Daniel Star (Boston)
Joseph Raz (Oxford/Columbia)
T.M. Scanlon (Harvard)

Particulars: There will be two slots available through the open call for papers. Please submit an abstract of no more than 1000 words by September 15th, 2012. Decisions will be communicated by October 15th. Only submissions directly related to the topic will be considered. Email submissions in .pdf (strongly preferred), .doc(x), or .rtf to princetonweighingreasons (at) gmail.com.

Character: New Perspectives and Empirical Discoveries
June 17-29, 2013
Wake Forest University

One of the leading topics in contemporary ethics has been the existence of character and virtue in light of various results in psychology. Some have taken these results to call into question whether human beings possess any traditional virtues such as compassion and honesty (Gilbert Harman, John Doris). Others have tried to defend Aristotelian accounts of character from this challenge (Julia Annas, Rachana Kamtekar). Still others have articulated their own positive accounts of character which are informed by the cognitive-affective personality system approach in psychology (Nancy Snow, Daniel Russell). The goal of this seminar is to look closely at the relevant empirical literature and philosophical discussions of it in order to decide for ourselves what the most promising account of character proves to be and what relevance these issues have for ethics more generally.

University of Manchester
August 28th-31st, 2012

Collective Intentionality VIII is the eighth in a series of large-scale international events on joint and/or cooperative action, reasoning, decision, intention, attention, and associated mental and agential phenomena, topics that impact on issues in ethics and social ontology and which cross boundaries between philosophy, psychology, AI, economics, and political theory.

Madison, Wisconsin
Sept 28-30, 2012

The Wisconsin Metaethics Workshop
is designed to provide an annual forum for new work in metaethics, broadly construed to range across issues in the metaphysics, semantics, and epistemology of morality, as well as issues concerning moral motivation and the relation between morality and practical reason. The workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for speakers to receive constructive feedback from interested colleagues, and for other participants to become acquainted with new work in the field.

Keynote Speaker
University of Reading (UK) and The University of Texas (USA)

University of Leeds
9-10 November 2012

This workshop will bring together metaethicists interested in moral disagreement and philosophers of language interested in disagreement generally to improve our understanding of the phenomenon of normative disagreement and its implications for the meaning of normative language, nature of normative judgment, the pragmatics and resolution of disagreements and more. The speakers will be:

Carl Baker (Northern Institute of Philosophy, Aberdeen)
Teresa Marques (Lisbon)
Michael Ridge (Edinburgh)
Karl Schafer (Pittsburgh)
Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris)
Tim Sundell (Kentucky)

More detailed information, including workshop programme, registration and location, can be found here.

Ethics and Explanation 2013: Explanation in Mathematics and Ethics
University of Nottingham, 18th-19th January 2013

This is a call for abstracts for the Ethics and Explanation 2013 Conference in Nottingham. The theme for the conference is ‘Explanation in Mathematics and Ethics’. The aim of the conference is to investigate: (i) the connections between indispensability-type arguments in mathematics and ethics; (ii) connections between evolutionary debunking-style arguments in mathematics and ethics and (iii) more generally, other connections between the two areas that touch on the issue of explanation. Abstracts should fall under the themes of the conference (broadly construed).

The program for the 4th Annual Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics is now available (see below). The workshop will take place at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona, from January 3 to January 5, 2013. Registration is free and open to all. You may register by emailing Mark Timmons (mtimmons (at) u.arizona.edu).

Thursday January 3, 2013:

Brad Hooker (University of Reading)
The Quintuple Theory in Normative Ethics
Chair: TBA

7:00 pm Dinner (Gold Restaurant at Westward Look Resort, fixed menu with a set price)

Friday January 4, 2013

There is a really nice and in depth interview with Tim Scanlon at the Utopian.

The short version is here and the long version is here.

CHANGING SELVES: Direct Brain Interventions to “Treat” Disfavored Human Behaviors **
Stanford Law School, September 24-26, 2012.

As neuroscience teaches us more about the causes of human behaviors, direct brain interventions to change those behaviors by targeting those causes might eventually be developed. When behaviors are caused by “brain diseases”, effective and safe treatments that intervene directly in the brain will probably be readily accepted and even embraced. But what about direct brain interventions that treat the brain-based causes of socially disfavored behaviors that are not generally viewed as diseases?

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