Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities: Philosophy’s Practical Turn

The Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities (YJLH) is seeking full submissions for a symposium section of the Spring 2017 issue. The journal seeks submissions that employ methods of philosophy (broadly construed) to investigate practical legal issues. The goal is to publish articles representative of an array of philosophical traditions and contemporary issues. The special section aims to exemplify how philosophical approaches and insights provide distinctive and significant contributions to practical legal debates.

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What Matters to Philosophers?
By S. Matthew Liao

Professor Valerie Tiberius, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, would like to invite you to participate in a survey on what matters to philosophers:

http://z.umn.edu/PhilosophySurvey

For a rationale for the survey, please see the message below from Professor Tiberius:

“Dear Colleague,

As chair of a philosophy department at a large state institution (University of Minnesota), I’ve frequently been called upon to defend philosophy and to justify its place in higher education. This has made me reflect on what really is worth preserving, celebrating, or (possibly) changing about our field. To this end I want to solicit the views of my philosophy colleagues in a more systematic way than just asking my Facebook friends, which is what drew me to the project of creating a survey.

Date: October 14-15, 2016
Location: NYU

The NYU Center for Bioethics and the NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness will host a conference on “The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence” this October at NYU.

Recent progress in artificial intelligence (AI) makes questions about the ethics of AI more pressing than ever. Existing AI systems already raise numerous ethical issues: for example, machine classification systems raise questions about privacy and bias. AI systems in the near-term future raise many more issues: for example, autonomous vehicles and autonomous weapons raise questions about safety and moral responsibility. AI systems in the long-term future raise more issues in turn: for example, human-level artificial general intelligence systems raise questions about the moral status of the systems themselves.

**Application Deadline is March 1**
Moral Psychology and Education: Putting the Humanities to Work
2016 Summer Institute
17 faculty over 4 weeks
May 30-June 24
Stipend of $3300
Detailed information and application instructions at:

http://www.moralpsychology.co

Several recent philosophers have emphasized the importance of the humanities for civic engagement, a flourishing democracy, and a globalized world. This four-week Summer Institute for College and University Teachers at Grand Valley State University from May 30 to June 24, 2016 extends discussion beyond the public function of the humanities to an intensive examination of the moral psychology behind effective moral education.

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.

Aeon Magazine just published my op-ed on whether children have a right to be loved. You can read the piece here. Do come and join the discussions!

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:

I’m currently working on a book on these topics, so I’d be very interested in your thoughts and inputs. Thanks!

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.

The Northwestern University Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics (NUSTEP) is hosting its tenth annual conference on May 19–21, 2016 and will feature keynote addresses by Nomy Arpaly and Pamela Hieronymi.

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