Professors Herlinde Pauer-Studer and David Velleman have recently published a new book called Konrad Morgen: The Conscience of a Nazi Judge. There is a good write-up of the book in Aeon, which you can read here. Do check them out!

Final session now live: you can watch the live broadcast here: Wx3xJJonIYjTFw_v5TBqQ9UHO-w==

Can’t travel to NYC for the NYU Workshop on Current Controversies in Bioethics? You will be able to tune in to a live broadcast of the workshop tomorrow at 1pm! Links to the broadcast will be posted on Twitter, Facebook, and here on Ethics Etc.

Please find below the program for the NYU Center for Bioethics workshop on “Current Controversies in Bioethics.”

Friday, May 22, 2015
NYU Silver Center, 1st Floor Jurow Hall, 100 Washington Square East, NY, NY 10003

1:00 PM-3:00 PM—Session 1 (Psychopathy, Autism, and Capacities for Responsible Agency)
“An Exploration of Moral Competence through Autism, Psychopathy, and Frontotemporal Dementia”
Dana Nelkin, University of California, San Diego

“Holding Psychopaths Responsible and the Guise of the Good”
Agniezska Jaworska, University of California, Riverside

3:00 PM-3:30 PM—Break
Silverstein Lounge 1st Floor Silver Center

Our book, Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights, which Rowan Cruft, Massimo Renzo, and I edited, just came out! You can get a copy in the UK from major outlets such as OUP UK and Amazon UK. In the US, you can get the Kindle and Nook versions now. The print version for the US market should be released in late June.

This volume has 36 original contributions and is over 720 pages. Here’s a description of the book:

What makes something a human right? What is the relationship between the moral foundations of human rights and human rights law? What are the difficulties of appealing to human rights?

In celebration of Earth Week, readers of Ethics Etc might be interested in a podcast I did with The Adaptors called “Cat Eyes for Climate Change.”

You can find the podcast here: nge

and on iTunes: 40471?i=335303274&mt=2

You can also listen to it directly here:

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.

“Normativity and the Human Sciences”
April 24th and 25th, 2015

The 18th Annual CUNY Graduate Student Philosophy Conference
Department of Philosophy, The Graduate Center, CUNY (New York, NY)

Keynote Speakers: Tyler Burge (UCLA) and S. Matthew Liao (NYU)

Schedule of Events:

Friday, April 24th (room 7113, excluding the Keynote presentation)

11:30 AM – Welcome

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM. Tomasz Wysocki (WUSTL) – “Normality: A two-faced concept”

2:15 – 3:30 PM. Asya Passinsky (NYU) – “Norm and Object: A Normative Theory of Social Objects”

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: Race and Aesthetics
By S. Matthew Liao

New submission deadline and format
A British Society of Aesthetics Connections Conference
Conference website:

May 19th and 20th, 2015
Leeds, UK

Alia Al-Saji (McGill University)
Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman (University College London)
Kristie Dotson (Michigan State University)
A.W. Eaton (University of Illinois – Chicago)
Sherri Irvin (University of Oklahoma)
Ron Mallon (Washington University in St Louis)
Charles W. Mills (Northwestern University)
Jennifer Saul (University of Sheffield)
Paul C. Taylor (Pennsylvania State University)

SUPPORTED by British Society of Aesthetics Connections Grant

Readers of Ethics Ethic might be interested in Princeton Alumni Weekly’s special issue this month on the brain, which includes a Q&A with me about the ethics of neuroscience. Here is the link to the issue:

And here’s the link to my Q&A:

Do check them out!

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