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St. John’s Department Philosophy is hosting a Speculative Ethics Forum for professional philosophers, graduate students, and philosophy faculty this Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the St. John’s University Manhattan Campus.

Registration for this event is free. Registration is required to access the papers that will be discussed.

Here’s the schedule for the day:

9 a.m. Brian Ballard (Pittsburgh), “The Emotional Representation of Value,”Commenter: Chrysoula Gitsoulis (CUNY)
9:50 a.m. Peter Simpson (CUNY), “Music and Morals: Ancient Lessons for Modern Times,” Commenter: John Peterman (William Paterson University)
10:40 a.m. Break
10:50 a.m. Jada Twedt Strabbing (Fordham), “Accountability and the Thoughts in Reactive Attitudes,” Commenter: Roman Altshuler (Kutztown University)
11:40 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Stephanie Leary (Rutgers), “Non-naturalism and Normative Necessities,” Commenter: Ross Colebrook (CUNY)
1:20 p.m. Break
1:30 p.m. Melissa Moschella (CUA), “Donor Conception and the Right of Children to Be Loved by their Biological Parents,” Commenter: Sari Kisilevsky (Queens College)
2:20 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. S. Matthew Liao (NYU), “Threshold Deontology and Moral Vagueness,” Commenter: Max Hayward (Columbia)
3:20 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Keynote Address: Larry Temkin (Rutgers), “To Boldly Go Where No Man, or Woman, has Gone Before!”
5 p.m. Forum Finis

Any questions about the event should be sent to Dr. David Kaspar at (at)


  1. 1. Posted by H. G. Wright M.D., PhD. | June 6, 2016 6:34 pm

    People attending this conference will be interested in my recent book “Ontic Ethics.” I propose that an ethics of care can be grounded in the ontology of the self. Valuers perceive the world through the lens of caring, which means that their experience is enhanced or diminished ontologically in relation to the ways they care or do not care. The book is published by Rowman&Littlefield and is expensive, but you can read the preface and first chapter on Google Books for free. This makes it easy to decide quickly whether it is of interest to you. H. G. Wright.

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