Here’s me on Fox News talking about Steve Jobs and the ethics of organ donation:

January 23 to 25, 2014
University of Berne, Switzerland

In modern moral philosophy, family issues have first and foremost been addressed within applied and political ethics, e.g. with regard to the fair distribution of domestic work, to moral issues arising within reproductive medicine or to questions pertaining to the legitimacy of state intervention into family life. Fewer attention has been paid to more fundamental questions such as the normative foundations of familial relationships, the scope and content of particular norms like rights and duties within an ethics of the family and the justifiability of familial partiality. The conference “Family Ethics: Partiality revisited“, taking place at the University of Berne, aims at bringing together scholars who have already contributed in important ways to the problem of the justifiability of partiality and/or to issues within family ethics. It wishes to address a range of moral questions family relationships raise: What is a family relationship in times of patchwork families? Is there any moral point in blood bonds? Is love within the family different from love between partners or friends? Are there any familial relationship goods? Is our partiality towards family members morally justifiable?

December 6-7, 2013
New York University

***Note change of location due to high response. Friday sessions will be in Hemmerdinger Hall (Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East). Saturday sessions will be in Greenberg Lounge (Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South).

Those planning to attend should register at On Friday, participants should check in first in Silverstein Lounge (next to Hemmerdinger Hall, just inside the entrance to the Silver Center on Waverly Place). Bring ID for the NYU security at the entrance.***

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
March 13–15, 2014

Keynote addresses:
Tamar Schapiro (Stanford University)
Gary Watson (USC)

Submission guidelines:
Submissions from faculty and graduate students are welcomed. Some sessions will be reserved for student presentations. Please submit an essay of approximately 4000 words. Essay topics in all areas of ethical theory and political philosophy will be considered, although some priority will be given to essays that take up themes from the work of Tamar Schapiro and Gary Watson, such as agency, desire, freedom, responsibility, practical reasoning, virtue, and the will. Essays should be prepared for blind review in word, rtf, or pdf format. Graduate submissions should be sent by e-mail to nustep.grad.conference (at); faculty submissions should be sent by e-mail to kebelsduggan (at) The deadline is December 15, 2013. Notices of acceptance will be sent by February 1, 2014. For more information, please contact Kyla Ebels-Duggan at the e-mail address above or visit our website:

In keeping with its mission of encouraging and recognizing excellence in philosophy, The Marc Sanders Foundation seeks to highlight the importance of ongoing support for the work of younger scholars. As part of this commitment, the Foundation has dedicated resources to an ongoing essay competition, designed to promote excellent research and writing in metaethics on the part of younger scholars. More information about the Sanders Prize in Metaethics, and the Marc Sanders Foundation, can be found at

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