Deadline: December 15 2017
Date: March 8–March 10, 2018
Location: Northwestern University
Keynote Speaker: Niko Kolodny (Berkeley) and Sharon Street (NYU)

Submission Guidelines: Submissions from faculty and graduate students are welcomed, as 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 Niko Kolodny and Sharon Street: constructivism, evolution and morality, democracy, subordination, domination, epistemic and practical reasons, friendship and love, liberalism, metaethics, political authority, and rationality. Essays should be prepared for blind review in word, rtf, or pdf format.

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.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2017
Location: St. John’s University Manhattan campus
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Speculative Ethics Forum is a one day workshop-style event in which the most challenging matters of ethics are considered. Ethical approaches of all sorts are welcomed–analytic, continental, ancient, medieval, Asian, and so on. Most papers are invited. However, 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. The aim, in short, is to have a single day concentrated on expanding the horizons of ethics.

I’ll be giving an inaugural lecture as part of taking up the Arthur Zitrin Chair of Bioethics at NYU on Friday, Nov 4, 2016 from 4-6pm. I would be delighted and honored if you were able to come to the lecture and the food/drinks reception afterwards. Here are some details:

Title: ‘Designing Humans: A Human Rights Approach’
Location: Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South, NYU
Date: November 4, 2016
Time: 4-6pm

Dean Cheryl Healton of the College of Global Public Health at NYU will provide an introductory address followed by remarks from Professors Bill Ruddick, Dan Wikler, Frances Kamm, Dale Jamieson, and David Chalmers.

Here’s the book jacket for Moral Brains: The Neuroscience of Morality. I am very grateful to Adina Roskies, Joshua Knobe, and Martha J. Farah for their very kind blurbs! The book should be out in September and you can pre-order a copy at Amazon, Oxford University Press, and other regular outlets.

Date: February 25, 2016
Time: 12:45pm – 3:00pm EST
Location: Kimball Hall, First Floor Lounge, 246 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012
Lunch will be served.
RSVP here: https://events.nyu.edu/#event_id/93754/view/event

Is being loved as a child a human right? This practical, philosophical and provocative discussion will explore the justification for a fundamental right of children to be loved and our societal obligations to provide such love for them. The fulfillment of children’s rights to be loved are made more complicated by poverty, unwanted pregnancies, the challenges often involved in adoption and the fact that each year, thousands of children leave foster care at age eighteen without ever finding a permanent loving family.

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the Inaugural Marc Sanders Award for Public Philosophy. We hope that this award will incentivize and draw attention to excellent new long-form public philosophy.

Essay:
We invite submissions of unpublished essays (minimum 3,000 words, maximum 10,000) with significant philosophical content or method by authors with significant philosophical training addressed primarily to the general reader. There is no restriction to any area of philosophy. In particular, there is no restriction to practical philosophy.

Want to know more about my book, The Right to Be Loved? You can check out this one-hour podcast interview I did with Professor Bob Talisse on behalf of New Books in Philosophy. Many thanks to Bob for his time and excellent questions!

Here’s a link to the interview:

http://newbooksinphilosophy.com/2016/01/05/s-matthew-liao-the-right-to -be-loved-oxford-up-2015/

You can get a copy of The Right to Be Loved from Amazon, Oxford University Press, and Barnes and Noble.

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:

My book, The Right to Be Loved, is now available from all major outlets such as Amazon, Oxford University Press, and Barnes and Noble.

I’m very honored that Christian Barry (Australian National University), Japa Pallikkathayil (University of Pittsburgh), and Leif Wenar (King’s College London) will be discussing the book with me at an Author-Meets-Critics Session at the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association in San Francisco on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm. A book launch is also currently being planned at New York University in the Spring 2016.

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