Deadline: November 15 2017
Date: March 9-11 2018
Location: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Keynote Speaker: Selim Berker (Harvard)

The Workshop aims to provide a forum for stimulating and constructive exchange among philosophers currently working on issues concerning normativity, broadly construed to include: the traditional questions of metaethics (and analogous questions about other normative domains); theories of reasons, rationality and reasoning; the semantics and pragmatics of normative language; the psychology of normative judgment; and the nature of epistemic normativity. The hope is to showcase cutting-edge work in these and related areas, providing speakers with useful feedback, and other participants with lively presentations and conversation.

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:

Location: St. John’s University, Manhattan campus, New York
Date: December 5, 2015, Saturday

Call for papers: Meta-Ethics and Normative Ethics
The Speculative Ethics Forum is a one day workshop-style event in which we’ll consider the most challenging matters of ethics. Ethical approaches of all sorts are welcomed–analytic, continental, ancient, medieval, Asian, and so on. Most papers are invited. There are two slots open for submissions. Any paper in ethical theory will be considered for acceptance. Bold and speculative inquiries are preferred to papers that primarily defend ground already gained or papers that are primarily scholarly. Our aim, in short, is to have a single day concentrated on expanding the horizons of ethics.

The Journal of Moral Philosophy has just published a special issue on Larry Temkin’s book, Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideals and the Nature of Practical Reasoning. Commentators include Professors Véronique Munoz-Dardé, Leo Katz, Jacob Ross, and Shelly Kagan. Professor Temkin also provides a Précis and Responses to the Commentators.

Here’s the content of issue:

Symposium on Larry Temkin’s Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideals and the Nature of Practical Reasoning
Larry S. Temkin
pp.: 363–392 (30)

The Quality of Gooditude
Véronique Munoz-Dardé
pp.: 393–413 (21)

On Larry Temkin’s Rethinking the Good
Leo Katz
pp.: 414–427 (14)

Call for paper from Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy
Deadline for submission: May 31, 2016

GUEST EDITORS
Antonella Corradini (Università Cattolica, Milan), Giuliana Mancuso (Università Cattolica, Milan), and Bruno Niederbacher (Department of Christian Philosophy, Innsbruck)

25 April, University of Reading

Registration is now open for the 2015 Ratio one-day conference at the University of Reading: Indeterminacy in Ethics (programme below). You can register at the conference website

http://ratioconference.wordpress.com

or by emailing Luke Elson (luke.elson (at) reading.ac.uk) if you’d prefer to pay in person:

£20 staff;
£10 graduate students;
£5 undergraduate students.

Here is a tentative programme:

9:00- Coffee available.
9:30-11:00 JRG Williams (Leeds): TBA.
11:30-1:00 Sara Bernstein (Duke): Causal and Moral Vagueness.
2:00-3:30 Tom Dougherty (Cambridge): Ethical Vagueness and Ethical Knowledge.
3:30-4:30 Reception and refreshments, generously provided by Wiley.
4:30-6:00 Cristian Constantinescu (Birkbeck): Comparative Indeterminacy.
7:00- Conference dinner at a local restaurant (all welcome).

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 http://www.marcsandersfoundation.org/sanders-prizes/metaethics/.

Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15, 2014
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Speakers (in alphabetical order):
Simon Blackburn (UNC Chapel Hill); Justin D’Arms (Ohio State); Remy Debes (Memphis); Sabine Döring (Tübingen); Michael Frazer (Harvard); Daniel Jacobson (UMichigan); Antti Kauppinen (Trinity College, Dublin); Michelle Mason (Minnesota); Diana Tietjen Meyers (UConn); Jesse Prinz (CUNY); Peter Railton (UMichigan); Karl Schafer (Pittsburgh); Karsten Stueber (Holy Cross); David Wong (Duke)

THE 2014 BURMAN LECTURES IN PHILOSOPHY AT UMEÅ UNIVERSITY, May 26-28

“What We Should Do and Why We Should Do It”

Michael Smith
McCosh Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University

Abstract: In these lectures I show how we can move from abstract claims about the nature of action and agency to substantive claims about what agents have reasons to do. Topics covered include: the explanation of action, constitutivist theories of reasons for action, how to distinguish moral from non-moral reasons, the nature and scope of moral reasons and moral responsibility, the link between positive morality and moral reasons, the nature of love, and the moral and non-moral reasons to which love gives rise.

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 http://www.marcsandersfoundation.org/sanders-prizes/metaethics/.

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