Boston Review is hosting a debate on whether we would be better off in a world without blame. Participants include Barbara H. Fried, Christine M. Korsgaard, Erin Kelly, Adriaan Lanni, Mike Konczal, Paul Bloom, Gideon Rosen, Brian Leiter, George Sher, and T. M. Scanlon. Do check it out here.

New Orleans, LA
Intercontinental Hotel
November 7-9, 2013

Abstracts are welcome on any topic having to do with agency and/or responsibility. Perspectives beyond just those from moral philosophy (e.g., psychology, legal theory, neuroscience, economics, metaphysics, and more) are welcome. (To see more about the workshop’s general aims and other details, follow this link: http://murphy.tulane.edu/events/center-conferences-symposia/1888.php.)

International symposium
UMB (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), 21-22 February 2013

This is the final call for abstracts for the first biennial New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR), to be held in New Orleans, LA at the Intercontinental Hotel on November 3-5, 2011.

Abstracts are welcome in any area or on any topic having to do with agency and/or responsibility. Perspectives beyond just those from moral philosophy (e.g., psychology, legal theory, neuroscience, economics, metaphysics, and more) are welcome. (To see more about the workshop’s general aims and other details, follow this link: http://murphy.tulane.edu/events/center-conferences-symposia/1888.php.)

Continuum Ethics
A series of books exploring key topics in contemporary ethics and moral philosophy.

Continuum Ethics presents a series of books that will bridge the gap between new research work and undergraduate textbooks. They will 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.

Smilansky on Bloggingheads.tv
By S. Matthew Liao

Our very own Saul Smilansky is on bloggingheads.tv, talking about his work on free will, moral paradoxes, and so on. Here is a link to the diavlog: http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/14400

A description of the content is as follows:

Saul’s latest book, “Ten Moral Paradoxes” (04:52)
Is there such a thing as fortunate misfortune? (09:33)
Does abundance deprive us of the heights of moral worth? (12:23)
Why you might be morally required to quit your job (16:37)
Choice egalitarianism and the problem of the billionaire (12:16)
When a terrorist is tortured, does he have grounds for complaint? (09:14)

JMP coverJOURNAL OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY:

An International Journal of Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy http://www.brill.nl/jmp

(ISSN 1740-4681)

Volume 5, Number 2 (2008)

EDITORIAL

Thom Brooks, ‘Editorial’, p. 177

ARTICLES

Burke A. Hendrix, ‘Authenticity and Cultural Rights’, pp. 181-203

Igor Primoratz, ‘Patriotism and Morality: Mapping the Terrain’, pp. 204-226

Rex Martin, ‘Two Concepts of Rule Utilitarianism’, pp. 227-255

Jessica Spector, ‘The Grounds of Moral Agency: Locke’s Account of Personal Identity’, pp. 256-281

Paul Weirich, ‘Utility Maximization Generalized’, pp. 282-299

Professor Richard Holton (MIT) will be giving a talk on “Determinism, self-efficacy, and the phenomenology of free will,” this coming Monday, 11th February 2008, at the Oxford Moral Philosophy Seminar, and he has kindly offered to circulate his paper before the seminar.

Abstract:

Some recent studies have suggested that belief in determinism tends to undermine moral motivation: subjects who are given determinist texts to read become more likely to cheat or to go in for vindictive behaviour. One possible explanation is that people are natural incompatibilists, so that convincing them of determinism undermines their belief that they are morally responsible.