Do you have research interests in moral disagreement, moral intuitions, moral testimony and moral expertise; or in the nature of applied philosophy and topics like abortion, war, punishment, animals, and medical ethics; or in the mental and social mechanisms that produce moral judgments? This summer, Central European University in Budapest will bring in leading international experts and offer the opportunity to examine questions of morality from an amazing variety of angles. CEU will run Summer University courses in 2014 on Moral Epistemology, on Applied Philosophy and on the Evolutionary Origins and Cognitive Mechanisms of Morality.

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?

From Hallie Liberto (UConn)
September 20-21, 2013
The University of Connecticut, Laurel Hall

Do victims of oppression have a duty to resist? If so, then in virtue of what do they have such a duty? Can we justifiably blame these individuals if they back down? Does a refusal to stand up for oneself manifest a deficit in moral character?

These are some questions that will be tackled during the UConn Philosophy Department’s Workshop on the Duty to Resist Oppression. This workshop is the kick-starter for the philosophy department’s Junior Faculty Injustice League – a group of junior faculty working on moral, social, and political philosophy – and the Injustice League Lecture Series (ILLS), which will convene throughout the academic year.
September 20th – 21st

June 8th-9th, Northwestern University

Speakers & Commentators:

Harry Brighouse (Wisconsin), David Ebrey (Northwestern), Kristján Kristjánsson (Birmingham), Rachana Kamtekar (Arizona), Gavin Lawrence (UCLA), Rachel Barney (Toronto), Randall Curren (Rochester), Agnes Callard (Chicago), Kyla Ebels-Duggan (Northwestern), Gabriel Richardson Lear (Chicago), Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon (Northwestern), Emily Fletcher (Wisconsin), Joseph Barnes (UC Berkeley / Humboldt), Richard Kraut (Northwestern), Darcia Narvaez (Notre Dame), Joseph Karbowski (Notre Dame)

The NYU Masters Program in Bioethics that I direct is now accepting applications for the Fall 2013 semester.

To learn more details about the program and the application requirements, visit

Please encourage qualified individuals to apply. If you have questions about the program, please email bioethics (at)

University of Colorado, Boulder
August 8-11, 2013
Boulder, Colorado

The Center for Values and Social Policy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder is pleased to invite paper proposals for the sixth annual RoME congress. Papers from all areas of ethics and political theory are invited. To encourage the participation of junior scholars, the University of Colorado will be awarding a Young Ethicist Prize of $500 for most meritorious submission. The prize competition is open to any participating untenured philosopher (including, but not limited to, tenure-track faculty, instructors, and graduate students).

Keynote 1: Frances Kamm (Harvard University)

Virtue, Vice, and Character
11 – 13 April 2013
Western Kentucky University

The 39th Conference on Value Inquiry “Virtue, Vice, and Character” will be held at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Kentucky 11-13 April 2013. Broad participation is sought. Papers and proposals for papers that address considerations of virtue and vice in character development, moral decision-making, moral education, and whether character is even possible are particularly welcome. Early submission is strongly encouraged and advised. Papers should be between 20-25 minutes reading time. Papers submitted by 1 February 2013 are ensured review and will receive priority in selection.

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.

Readers of Ethics Etc might be interested in an interview I did with the BBC One Planet about human engineering and climate change. The interview segment starts at around the 11 minute mark. _and_Tiny_Vegetarians/

More programming information can be found here.

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).

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