Program for the 2012 Arizona Workshop on Normative Ethics

Below the fold, I post the program for the 2012 Arizona Workshop on Normative Ethics, which will be held at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson, AZ, on Janurary 5-7, 2012. The program looks excellent and has a fine representation of PEA Brains. Registration is free and open to all. You may register by emailing Mark Timmons: mtimmons[symbol for at] Information about the Westward Look resort and about travel and accommodations is available on the workshop website:

Thursday January 5, 2012

5:15–6:30 pm Mark van Roojen (University of Nebraska)
Scanlon’s Promising Proposal and the Right Kind of Reasons to Believe
Chair: Robert Johnson (University of Missouri, Columbia)

7:00 pm Dinner (location, TBA)


Friday January 6, 2012

8:30–9:40am Paul Hurley (Claremont McKenna College)
Consequentializing and Deontologizing: Clogging the Consequentialist Vacuum
Chair: Brad Cokelet (University of Miami)

9:50–11:00am Paul Bloomfield (University of Connecticut)
Some Intellectual Aspects of Moral Virtues
Chair: Ben Bradley (Syracuse University)

11:10–12:20pm Gwen Bradford (Rice University)
Evil Achievements and the Principle of Recursion
Chair: Daniel Star (Boston University)

12:30–1:30pm Lunch on your own

1:30–2:40pm Howard Nye (University of Alberta)
The Doctrine of Double Effect as an Objective Principle
Chair: Terrance McConnell (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

2:50–4:00pm David Sobel (University of Nebraska)
Backing Away from Self-Ownership
Chair: Carla Bagnoli (University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee)

Frances Kamm (Harvard University)
Harming People
Chair: Andrew Ross (Queen's University)

6:30pm Dinner (location, TBA)

Saturday January 7, 2012

8:30–9:40am Dave Shoemaker (Tulane University)
On Criminal and Moral Responsibility
Chair: Douglas Portmore (Arizona State University)

9:50–11:00am Sarah Stroud (McGill University)
They Can’t Take That Away from Me: Restricting the Reach of Morality’s Demands
Chair: Daniel Groll (Carleton College)

11:10–12:20pm Ralph Wedgwood (USC)
Why Morality Provides Overriding Reasons for Action
Chair: Kelly Heuer (Georgetown University)

12:30–1:30pm Workshop-sponsored lunch buffet,
Westward Look

1:30–2:40pm Dale Dorsey (University of Kansas)
Consequentialism, Procedural Ignorance, and Moral Theory
Chair: Ben Sachs (NYU)

2:50–4:00pm Vanessa Carbonell (University of Cincinnati)
What We Know and What We Owe
Chair: Stephen White (UCLA)

Roger Crisp (University of Oxford)
Supererogation and Virtue
Chair: Julia Annas (University of Arizona)

6:30pm Dinner at El Charro, located on Oracle Rd, north of Ina Road. Fixed menu, set price.

3 Replies to “Program for the 2012 Arizona Workshop on Normative Ethics

  1. Maybe worth mentioning that I will be giving the above mentioned paper “Backing Away from Self-Ownership” in Tucson on January 3rd or 4th as a Freedom Center event with a few commentators. I will be giving a different but related paper “Problems for Self-Ownership” at this conference at the above mentioned day and time. Folks who show up early to the Normative Ethics thing are certainly invited to the Center event on the 3rd or 4th. Perhaps best to contact me closer to the event for final specifics of day and time.

  2. And I understand, David, that you’re doing a talk at Tucson’s local Barnes & Noble a few days later for a non-academic audience, called “Self-Ownership? Feh!”

  3. Which I suppose modesty prevents you from mentioning is just the warm up act for your talk at the Barnes and Noble Starbucks. I love the gimmick where each time someone orders a novel drink, you unveil a novel distinction in kinds of responsibility.

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