Date: Friday, May 22nd-Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Jurow Hall, NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East
Time: TBA

Bioethics is the study of ethical issues arising out of advances in the life sciences and medicine. The NYU Center for Bioethics is hosting a workshop with thirteen significant figures in Bioethics who will pair up to address and offer contrasting views on five current issues in Bioethics.

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

or by emailing Luke Elson (luke.elson (at) 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).

CFP: Virtue and Emotions
By S. Matthew Liao

Guest Editor: Kevin Timpe (Northwest Nazarene University)
Deadline for Submission: February 1, 2015
Prize: $3,000

Call for Papers
Res Philosophica invites papers on the topic of virtue and the emotions for the 2015 Res Philosophica Essay Prize. The author of the winning paper will receive a prize of $3,000 and publication in the associated special issue of the journal on the same topic. Submissions for the prize will be automatically considered for publication in the journal’s special issue unless otherwise requested.

May 21-23, 2015

Keynote Addresses:
Frances Kamm (Harvard University)
Joseph Raz (Columbia University Law School)

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 Frances Kamm and Joseph Raz, such as authority, death and dying, duties, freedom, law, moral status, normativity, permissible harm and killing, practical reason, responsibility, rights, terrorism, torture, value, and war. Essays should be prepared for blind review in word, rtf, or pdf format. Graduate submissions should be sent by e-mail to nustep.grad.conference (at); faculty submissions should be sent by e-mail to kebelsduggan (at) The deadline is February 15, 2015. Notices of acceptance will be sent by March 15.

A number of important philosophical books and articles on the topic of human rights have appeared in recent years including James Nickel’s Making Sense of Human Rights, James Griffin’s On Human Rights, Charles R. Beitz’s The Idea of Human Rights, Martha Nussbaum’s Creating Capabilities, Allen Buchanan’s Heart of Human Rights, and John Tasioulas’s various articles and his planned monograph on human rights.

A conference, Illuminating Reasons: An Inquiry into the Phenomenology of Moral Experience, will take place October 16-18, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona, featuring prominent scholars from the fields of philosophy and psychology. The conference is part of a project being conducted by Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons of the University of Arizona, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

The conference will be streamed live, allowing remote viewers to submit questions to speakers.

If you would like to register, either to attend in person or to participate remotely, please visit the conference website and register. There is no registration fee. The conference program is also available on the website.

The Journal of Moral Philosophy has just published a special issue on Frances Kamm’s book, Ethics for Enemies. Commentators include Professors Caspar Hare, Suzanne Uniacke, Tom Hurka, Jeff McMahan, Gabriella Blum and John C. P. Goldberg. Professor Kamm als provides a Précis and Responses to the Commentators. Here’s the content of the issue:

Summary of Ethics for Enemies
Frances Kamm
pp.: 373–384 (12)

Torture – Does Timing Matter?
Caspar Hare
pp.: 385–394 (10)

Opportunistic Terrorism
Suzanne Uniacke
pp.: 395–410 (16)

Kamm on Intention and Proportionality in War
Thomas Hurka
pp.: 411–427 (17)

Many congratulations to Professor Jeff McMahan on taking up the White’s Chair of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University. I couldn’t be happier for Jeff and for Oxford.

November 6-9, 2014
Practical Reason, Moral Judgment and Moral Sense, Sensibility and Sentiment in the Moral Life

23-24 May 2014
St Mary’s College, Durham University

Conference speakers include: Thom Brooks (Durham), Clare Chambers (Cambridge), Maria Dimova-Cookson (Durham), Phillip Horky (Durham), Peter Jones (Newcastle), Maleiha Malik (KCL), Mozaffar Qizilbash (York), Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), Sara Protasi (Yale)


Overcoming Intolerance: Nussbaum and Her Critics
is a two-day event that brings Professor Martha C. Nussbaum to Durham University. Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago and one of the leading political and legal philosophers today. She is the author of nearly 20 monographs, including The Fragility of Goodness (1986), Sex and Social Justice (1999), Women and Human Development (2000), Hiding from Humanity (2004), Frontiers of Justice (2006) and Creating Capabilities (2011) among many others.

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