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CFP: Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy

The 7th annual Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy will take place in Syracuse, NY, August 21-3, 2019.

Keynote speakers will be:

Kwame Anthony Appiah, NYU

Sally Haslanger, MIT

Joseph Raz, Columbia

We invite submissions of full papers (not abstracts) of between 7500 and 12000 words, including footnotes, to fill the remaining slots for the conference. (more…)

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An exchange between Chrisoula Andreau and Justin Snedegar’s on Snedegar’s book Contrastive Reasons.

With this post we are starting a new feature at PEA Soup: Author replies to book reviews published in Ethics. Our inaugural discussion is between Chrisoula Andreou (Utah) and Justin Snedegar (St. Andrews). Chrisoula reviews Justin’s new book, Contrastive Reasons (OUP, 2017) here. Justin Snedegar’s reply follows below.

Thanks first of all to the Daves for the opportunity to continue the discussion here. And thanks most of all to Chrisoula for her excellent review of my book. Her questions and objections have given me the chance to think harder about some central issues that didn’t receive all the attention they deserved in the book. In particular, she’s made clear that there are important questions about the nature of the objectives the promotion of which I appeal to in my contrastive analyses of reasons. I used a desire to remain neutral between competing views of these objectives as an excuse for not discussing them much, but this neutrality was about relatively substantive questions about whether the objectives were desires, values, etc. Chrisoula’s objections show that there are questions about structural or formal features of objectives and of the promotion relation which are crucial for my theory, and indeed for many theories of reasons.


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New Soup Feature: Replies to Ethics book reviews

In our never-ending quest to expand to the limits of the Universe and beyond, Soup will begin having replies to Ethics book reviews.

First up, in about a week, will be Chrisoula Andreou’s review of Justin Snedegar’s Contrastive Reasons (OUP, 2017) which will be available open access here, together with Justin’s replies. Looking forward to the discussion!

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MANCEPT Workshops: Call for Convenors

The MANCEPT Workshops is an annual conference in political theory, organised under the auspices of the Manchester Centre for Political Theory. This year’s conference will take place on Monday 10 September to Wednesday 12 September

at the Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester. The conference offers academics an opportunity to come together in a series of workshops so as to develop specialised work and engage in lively philosophical discussion. Attracting scholars throughout the world, the conference is now established as a leading international forum dedicated to the development of research in all subfields of political theory.

We are now accepting applications for workshop convenors. Applications are made by submitting a short (500 word) abstract describing the subject of your workshop.

The deadline for workshop proposals is Wednesday 21 March 2018.

If you are interested in convening a workshop or require any further information please e-mail the workshop organisers Nicola Mulkeen, Ruxandra Ivănescu, Giacomo Floris, and Joseph Roberts at:

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What to do Now about US College Sports?

Collegiate athletics is likely going to change significantly in the near future and we should think together about how we want to direct that change. Collegiate athletics is likely to become significantly more expensive soon as student-athletes will soon be paid or paid more. And there is a possibility that those expenses will further eat away at the academic “side” of higher education,

At most colleges and universities, athletics 1) already uses up too much money and is 2) given too much weight in admissions. Concerning 1, most athletic departments, especially outside the elite athletic conferences, are a net financial drain on universities. Revenue-generating sports currently help pay for non-revenue generating sports. It is often claimed, usually without much evidence, that this cost is compensated for by alumni giving which is motivated partly by alum bonding with the university through its high-profile sports teams and continuing to relate to it after they graduate via following its nationally prominent sports teams.  Further, concerning 2, prowess in athletics, like playing the tuba well, is an achievement that could reasonably give one an advantage in admissions. But prowess in sports currently is given a much larger role in admissions than similar prowess outside of sports. (more…)

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By In Moral Psychology, Normative Ethics, Virtue Comments Off on Nomy Arpaly: The Cool Dude or: I am Not a Virtue Ethicist

Nomy Arpaly: The Cool Dude or: I am Not a Virtue Ethicist

Nomy Arpaly writes: “Aristotle doesn’t talk about the Moral Person. He talks about the Cool Dude!”

See where that takes us at Nomy’s blog here.

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New PEA Soup Series on Happiness and Wellbeing

Nicole Hassoun is initiating an exciting new continuing feature at PEA Soup: A series of posts on happiness and wellbeing. This blog series will be a part of the Minimally Good Life Project with is under the auspices of the Happiness & Well-Being Initiative ( based at Saint Louis University. It hopes to explore such questions as: what is happiness, and how does happiness differ from well-being? And what does it mean to have a good life and how do we strive towards that goal? This series will involve regular posts on the topic of happiness from experts in and out of philosophy. She has lined up an amazing group of philosophers, including Connie Rosati, Dan Haybrun, Dick Arenson, Josh Knobe, Gwen Bradford, Rosa Terlazzo, Eden Lin, and herself. She also has a truly exciting lineup of academics outside of philosophy doing important work on the subject. The first post will be by Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, on February 1.

Upcoming schedule of events:

Carol Graham- February 1

Katja Vogt- February 15th

Connie Rosati- February 22nd

Dan Haybron- March 1st

Eden Lin- March 8th

Richard Arnesson- March 15th

Josh Knobe and Jonathan Phillips- March 22nd

Rosa Terlazzo- April 12th

Lorraine Besser- May 3rd

Gwen Bradford- May 10th

Nicole Hassoun–TBD

David Sobel- TBD

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