Thanks to the generous support of Tulane University's Murphy Institute, I'm very pleased to announce that the first New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NO WAR) will take place November 3-5, 2011 (yes, that's 2011, not 2010). I'm announcing this now so as to get it on your radar and whet your appetite. It will be run on the same model as the Madison metaethics workshop and the recently-instituted Tucson normative ethics workshop. The keynote speakers will be Sarah Buss (Michigan) and Gary Watson (USC). For more on the motivation for the workshop and its structure, see below the fold.
While the Madison and Tucson workshops are terrific events, they provide a somewhat uneasy fit for those of us who do work primarily in agency and responsibility, i.e., it's just not clear under which general rubric–normative ethics or metaethics–work on agency and responsibility falls (if any). The idea behind NO WAR is to address this gap and build a community of folks who are interested in these issues. So I really hope those of you who do that sort of work or who maybe are just interested in discussing it will consider attending or submitting abstracts.
Which brings me to the format. As I said, it will be modeled on the Mad-Meta formula: people will submit abstracts several months in advance, from which the program contributors will be selected. Presentations will be roughly 45 minutes, followed by 45 minutes of discussion. We'll have a keynote on Thursday evening, and then have presentations all day on Friday and Saturday (ending with a keynote).
Of course, this is also New Orleans in November: the weather's awesome, the food is fantastic, and the beer never stops flowing. So even if you're not that interested in agency and responsibility, you might well consider coming.
Seriously, I am hoping that we get folks interested in a variety of areas of agency and responsibility, including (not just moral, but) criminal responsibility, neuroethics, (not just moral, but) empirical and social psychology, and more.
I will send out a call for abstracts at the end of the year.