Blackstone wrote that “it is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer”. Fortescue wrote “one would much rather that twenty guilty persons should escape the punishment of death, than that one innocent person should be condemned and suffer capitally.” Maimonides wrote “it is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death.” I don’t know what the correct number is (10, 20, 1000), but I do think that some such maxim is correct.
Call for Abstracts
May 20-22, 2018, Moonrise Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Keynote Speaker: Mark van Roojen (Nebraska)
SLACRR provides a forum for new work on practical and theoretical reason, broadly construed. Please submit an anonymized abstract of 750-1500 words by January 15, 2018 to SLACRR@gmail.com. In writing your abstract, please bear in mind that full papers should be suitable for a 30 minute presentation. Please attach your abstract as a pdf file, the name of which should be based upon the title of your abstract. (In other words, don’t name your file FILE.pdf or ABSTRACT.pdf)
Papers accepted this year will be eligible for publication in a special issue of Res Philosophica on the topic of reasons and rationality to be published in the first half of 2019. Furthermore, one essay published in the issue will receive a $3,000 prize for best paper. Authors of accepted papers may, but need not, submit their paper to this special issue. Submissions of full papers for the issue will be due August 31, 2018, and will be blind reviewed. Questions regarding the special issue of Res Philosophica can be directed to the editor, Joe Salerno, at email@example.com
St. Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality 2017
May 21-23, 2017
Keynote: Kieran Setiya (MIT)
Registering for the St. Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality is free and easy: http://www.umsl.edu/~slacrr/registration.html
SLACRR 2016 Program
All talks are in the Moonrise Hotel.
SLACRR: May 22-24, 2016
Paul Boghossian (NYU)
St. Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality provides a forum for new work on practical and theoretical reason, broadly construed. Please submit an anonymized abstract of 750-1500 words by January 15, 2016 to SLACRR@gmail.com. In writing your abstract, please bear in mind that full papers should be suitable for a 30 minute presentation. Please attach your abstract as a pdf file, the name of which should be based upon the title of your abstract. (In other words, don't name your file FILE.pdf or ABSTRACT.pdf)
What to Submit
SLACRR includes papers in ethics, epistemology, and other areas of philosophy that deal with reasons, reasoning, or rationality. For instance, we would be interested in papers exploring such questions as:
- What is the relation between reasons for actions and reasons for beliefs?
- What are the sources of our reasons for belief?
- How are features of one's psychology relevant to reasons?
- What is the relation between reasons and what we ought to do or believe?
- What is the relation between reasons and value?
- Are the requirements of practical and theoretical rationality normative?
- What is the relation between individual rationality and collective rationality?
- Are actions or beliefs themselves structured by reasons?
I hope to gather information about undergraduate degree programs that somehow combine philosophy and law. A few examples include Indiana University PA, Georgia State, Lewis, and USC. I am looking only at degree programs administered by philosophy departments, and that have the word "law" somewhere in the description of the major, so that a student or an administrator would see the program as combining something marketable (law) with philosophy.
Are there other such programs? Do they attract majors? Do they attract students to the college itself? Any advice on how to get one's own university (ahem) to look favorably upon proposing such a degree program?