The program for the 2019 Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics (WiNE) is now available here.
I just wanted to let you know of several upcoming NDPR Forums on the Soup. On Wednesday, July 18, we will host a discussion of Benjamin Kiesewetter’s book The Normativity of Rationality (OUP 2017) and its recent review in NDPR by Alex Worsnip. On July 23, we will host a discussion of Nicolas Bommarito’s book Inner Virtue (OUP 2017) and its NDPR review by Brad Cokelet. Finally, in early August, we will host a discussion of Joseph Millum’s book The Moral Foundations of Parenthood (OUP 2018) and its NDPR review by Liezl van Zyl. So make sure to keep up with the hot and tasty happenings on Summer Soup!
While I’m here, let me also welcome Sukaina Hirji and Daniel Wodak to the Soup as our new Review Liaisons. They will be taking up the reins in handling both the NDPR Review Forums and our recently-begun Ethics Review Forums. So welcome to them both!
How should our practices of blame and punishment take into account the mental and physical conditions of those we blame and punish? Philosophers working on moral responsibility have taken up this question squarely, prompting conversations about addiction, immaturity, and the like. But what about the blame and punishment we impose on responsible wrongdoers? How does our health–both physical and mental–affect those practices? For example: Should we abandon blame if the wrongdoer develops severe dementia? Should punishing young offenders take into account the limited window of reproductive viability? What are we to make of the likely health effects of administrative segregation, constrained exercise, or widespread communicable illnesses? Rutgers University-Camden will host a pre-read workshop on theoretical and applied questions like these in April 2019, with the essays from this workshop to be considered for a peer-reviewed, special issue of Public Affairs Quarterly. The Editor of Public Affairs Quarterly, David Boonin, will attend the workshop and will be available to give feedback on all of the papers.
We welcome abstracts of up to 1,000 words for the pre-read workshop. The abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review and should be in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. We especially welcome submissions from members of underrepresented populations within philosophy. Send abstracts to RutgersCamdenBioethics@gmail.com.
This workshop is sponsored by funds from the Henry Rutgers Term Chair for Ethics, Health, and Society. Food and lodging will be paid for, and domestic travel expenses will be reimbursed. (International travelers will be reimbursed up to a domestic equivalent.)
Abstracts are due November 3, 2018. Decisions will be made by the beginning of December 2018. Full papers of between 4,000 and 10,000 words will be due February 1, 2019, and the workshop will be held at Rutgers University-Camden on April 5, 2019.
Questions can be directed to Craig Agule (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Eric Chwang (email@example.com).
I’m pleased to introduce a new NDPR Forum, on Gideon Yaffe’s The Age of Culpability: Children and the Nature of Criminal Responsibility (OUP 2018), which was recently reviewed at NDPR by Doug Husak. As usual, the author of the reviewed book is invited to speak first in response to the review (or to speak about anything else the author is interested in discussing about the book), the reviewer is invited to reply, and there are other discussants who may chime in as well. But our readers are of course also invited to join in on the discussion. Feel free to comment on any aspect of the book, the review, or previous comments.
Kevin Tobia and I have co-written a paper on personal identity for the Oxford Handbook on Moral Psychology, edited by John Doris and Manuel Vargas. You can see the draft here. What’s particularly new and interesting about the entry is Kevin’s part of the project, which involves a survey and critical discussion of the state of the art on work about personal identity that has taken place in the psychology-heavy literature over the last 5-10 years. We then bring together that literature with the standard philosophy-heavy work on the topic since Locke. As we will get one more run on revising, we are interested in any thoughts you might have about it, preferably spelled out in the comments here.
Here, at the View from the Owl’s Roost.
About a year ago, several family members, friends, and philosophical luminaries gathered at All Souls College to remember and celebrate the life of the great moral philosopher, Derek Parfit. Those twenty videos, with the production assistance of several members of the Parfit family, have been posted here, and they include remembrances by the moral and political philosophers Tim Scanlon, Frances Kamm, Jeff McMahan, Martin O’Neill, Larry Temkin, Roger Crisp, John Broome, Brad Hooker, Jonathan Dancy, Jonathan Glover, Rahul Kumar, Julian Savulescu, and others.