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Ethics and Explanation 2013: Explanation in Mathematics and Ethics

University of Nottingham, 18th-19th January 2013

The aim of the conference is to investigate: (i) the connections between indispensability-type arguments in mathematics and ethics; (ii) connections between evolutionary debunking-style arguments in mathematics and ethics and (iii) more generally, other connections between the two areas that touch on the issue of explanation.

Conference talks, registration information, and more details are below the fold.

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CFP: 7th Annual Conference, Northwestern University Society for Ethical Theory and Political Philosophy

Deadline: February 15, 2013

Keynote Speakers: Talbot Brewer and
Sarah Buss

Submissions: We welcome submissions
from faculty and graduate students, as some sessions will be reserved
for student presentations. Please submit an essay of approximately
4000 words and an abstract of at most 150 words. Essay topics in all
areas of ethical theory and political philosophy will be considered,
although some priority will be given to essays that take up themes
from the works of Talbot Brewer and Sarah Buss, such as autonomy,
desire, goodness, moral psychology, moral responsibility, pleasure,
practical reasoning, respect, virtue, Aristotelianism and Kantianism.
Essays and abstracts should be prepared for blind review in word,
rtf, or pdf format. Graduate submissions should be sent by e-mail to
nustep.grad.conference@gmail.com; faculty submissions should be sent
by e-mail to kebelsduggan@northwestern.edu. Notices of acceptance
will be sent by April 1, 2013. For more information, please contact
Kyla Ebels-Duggan at the e-mail address above or visit our website:
http://www.philosophy.northwestern.edu/conferences/moralpolitical/

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Ethics at PEA Soup: Sarah Buss’s “Autonomous Action: Self-Determination in the Passive Mode,” with Commentary by Hilary Bok

We are pleased to present the latest installment of Ethics at PEA Soup, in which we host a discussion of one article from each issue of Ethics. The article selected from Volume 122, issue 4, is Sarah Buss's "Autonomous Action: Self-Determination in the Passive Mode."  Ethics has kindly provided free access to the article here.  We are also extremely grateful to Hilary Bok, who has agreed to provide the critical précis, which begins below the fold.

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Ethics Discussions at PEA Soup: Sarah Buss’s “Autonomous Action: Self-Determination in the Passive Mode,” with Commentary by Hilary Bok

(Moving to the Front from Oct 10 and Sept 7, 2012)

Update Oct 19, 2012:  Professor Buss's paper can be accessed here.

Update Oct 10: Discussion will begin October 29th!  A link to Professor Buss's paper will be added shortly.

We are pleased to announce the next installment of Ethics at PEA Soup, which will feature Sarah Buss's article “Autonomous Action: Self-determination in the Passive Mode.”  We are also pleased that Hilary Bok has accepted our invitation to be our Lead Discussant.  Discussion should begin sometime in October, and we'll be sure to keep everyone posted when dates are more settled.

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3AM Magazine Interviews Souper Tiberius

By way of Brian Leiter, an excellent interview with PEA Souper Valerie Tiberius!

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The Asymmetry Challenge for Expressivism

I'm in the midst of writing for a general audience about what I'm calling the 'Asymmetry Challenge' for (pure, noncognitivist) expressivism. The Challenge is to jointly solve the Sentential Mood, Truth-Aptness, and Asymmetric Embedding problems. These three problems are often recognized individually, though I think that jointly solving them is more difficult than many appreciate.

The source of the Asymmetry Challenge lies in the expressivist view that the moral sentences we typically use to express desire-like states or to prescribe behavior have important features that other kinds of sentences lack, even though these latter kinds of sentences paradigmatically express desire-like states or prescribe behavior. Moral sentences, unlike these other kinds of sentences, are declarative, truth-apt, and embeddable into a wider array of complex, linguistic constructions. But what feature could moral sentences have that these others sentences lack—again, especially when moral sentences function so much like these other types of sentences—that warrants this asymmetry? I'm hoping some of you may have suggestions or questions that might help me as I write my way through the Challenge.
 

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Welcome Nomy Arpaly and Timothy Schroeder!

We are thrilled to welcome Nomy Arpaly and Timothy Schroeder to PEA Soup! Nomy, whose research interests include ethics, moral psychology, action theory, metaethics, and free will, is Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. She is the author of Merit, Meaning,and Human Bondage: An Essay on Free Will (Princeton U.P., 2006) and Unprincipled Virtue (Oxford U.P., 2002). Tim is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio State University. He works broadly in the areas of moral psychology and philosophy of mind and is author of Three Faces of Desire (Oxford, U. P., 2004).  His current project is tentatively titled Reasons from Atoms. It's wonderful to have you both aboard!

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