CF: Good Done Right
By S. Matthew Liao

Call for registration
GOOD DONE RIGHT: a conference on effective altruism
7-9 July 2014
All Souls College, Oxford, UK

Speakers include: Derek Parfit (Oxford), Thomas Pogge (Yale), Rachel Glennerster (MIT Poverty Action Lab), Nick Bostrom (Oxford), Norman Daniels (Harvard), Jeremy Lauer (WHO-CHOICE), Toby Ord (Oxford), William MacAskill (Cambridge), Larissa MacFarquhar (the New Yorker), Nick Beckstead (Oxford), Owen Cotton-Barratt (Oxford).

For further information and registration, please visit

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?

Merton College, Oxford
Hawkins room
12th July 2013
10am – 5.30pm

‘How to Defend the Asymmetry Intuition in Population Ethics’
– Johann Frick (Harvard)

‘Justice and Private Education’
– Daniel Halliday (Melbourne)

‘The Asymmetry’
– Ralf M. Bader (Oxford)

‘Measuring Unfairness and Lotteries’
– Gerard Vong (Fordham)

Please note that this is a pre-read workshop. Participants are expected to read the papers in advance. Attendance is free, but registration is required as space is limited. To register for the workshop send an email to: ralf.bader (at)

December 9, 2011
9am to 4pm
SUNY Global Center
116 East 55th Street, NY, NY
Sponsored by SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Speakers include:
Andre A. Fenton, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and New York University
David Glanzman, UCLA
Merle Kindt, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Adam Kolber, Brooklyn Law School
John L. Kubie, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
S. Matthew Liao, New York University
Todd C. Sacktor, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
David Wasserman, Yeshiva University

Scanlon on Libertarianism
By S. Matthew Liao

T. M. Scanlon has a nice piece on how not to argue for limited government and lower taxes in the Boston Review. Do check it out.

30th Anniversary Conference
Start Date: 29-Jun-2012
End Date: 01-Jul-2012
Location: St Anne’s College, Oxford
Venue Address: Woodstock Road, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6HS
Contact Email: admin (at)

The Society for Applied Philosophy (UK) was founded in 1982 with the aim of promoting philosophical study and research that has a direct bearing on areas of practical concern. It arose from an increasing awareness that many topics of public debate are capable of being illuminated by the critical, analytic approach characteristic of philosophy, and by direct consideration of questions of value. These topics come from a number of different areas of social life – law, politics, economics, science, technology, medicine and education are among the most obvious. The purpose of the SAP is to foster and promote philosophical work that is intended to make a constructive contribution to problems in these areas. It does so through events, conferences, and lecture programmes.

Egalitarianisms: Current Debates on Equality and Priority in Health, Wealth, and Welfare
March 30th -31st, 2012
McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Confirmed Speakers
Nir Eyal (Harvard)
Iwao Hirose (McGill)
Nils Holtug (Copenhagen)
Dennis McKerlie (Calgary)
Shlomi Segall (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Workshop Description

Egalitarian theories of distributive justice have recently encountered fundamental challenges. Is egalitarianism susceptible to the leveling down objection? Is it less plausible than prioritarianism? Does it support reducing the inequalities resulting from brute luck, but not option luck? Does it aim to equalize the distribution of welfare at each time or over a lifetime? What does egalitarianism make of the strong correlation between inequalities in health and inequalities in socio-economic conditions? In this two-day workshop, we will discuss current theoretical issues and seek common and unified grounds for future research into egalitarian theories of distributive justice.

Fellow philosophers will no doubt be familiar with the curious book, Nudge, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. The book defends “libertarian paternalism” and a view of behavioural economics. While I have not been convinced by its arguments, it is a good read and I’ve half expected Nudge to be the subject of at least a small wave of papers in ethics and political philosophy. I’m not the only one who thought its ideas would find traction: the British government has also commissioned research into how it might “nudge” the public into healthier lifestyles, for example.

1-3 July, Hulme Hall, University of Manchester

The programme for SAP’s Annual Conference 2011 is now available, with several Ethics-Etc Contributors on the programme.

The Annual Conference 2011 will be an open themed applied philosophy conference (papers will be given from a broad range of topics in applied philosophy).

Plenary speakers
Connie Rosati (University of Arizona)
Katie McShane (Colorado State University)
Marilyn Friedman (Vanderbilt / Charles Sturt University)
Kasper Lippert Rasmussen (Aarhus University)
Hugh LaFollette (University of South Florida, St Petersburg)

Registration for the Annual Conference is now open and will close on Friday 3 June 2011

I’ve been asked by one of the organizers to let people know about this upcoming conference:

The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy:
Freedom, Paternalism and Morality

April 1-2, 2011

The announcement is attached.Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy: Freedom, Paternalism and Morality

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