Win £1500: The Philosophical Quarterly invites submissions for its 2017 international prize essay competition.
What is effective altruism?
What are its core philosophical commitments, and are they tenable? For example: is effective altruism compatible with agent-centred partiality for particular charitable causes? Should non-consequentialists understand benevolence in effective altruist terms?
The Philosophical Quarterly welcomes essays of 8,000 words or fewer addressing these questions.
How to enter
Essays should be typed in double spacing. Electronic submission is preferred and contributions may be sent as email attachments to email@example.com . Most formats are acceptable, but PDF is preferred.
Alternatively, non-electronic submissions may be sent to the address below. Three copies of each essay are required and these will not be returned. All entries will be regarded as submissions for publication in The Philosophical Quarterly , and both winning and non-winning entries judged to be of sufficient quality will be published. The closing date for submissions is 1st November 2017 .
All submissions should be headed ‘What is effective altruism?’ Prize Essay Competition (with the author’s name and address given in a covering letter, but NOT in the essay itself) and sent to:
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“The Social Philosophy and Business Ethics of the American Wedding.”
This conference is about weddings themselves – not about marriage, in general. It will take place at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia on the weekend of November 3-5
Select conference presentations will be given by invited speakers, including:
Additionally, the program is open to submissions of long abstracts for 5-7 open presentation slots on the program.
We are hoping to solicit abstracts for papers answering questions such as:
- Is it wrong to make promises that we know we are statistically unlikely to keep?
- What role does an audience play in promise-making? (And breaking)
- Commercially, do wedding markets involve wrongful exploitation? If so – whatand whom is being wrongfully exploited?
- Do wedding markets give rise to problems in business and consumer ethics? (e.g. false advertising; purchasing of products from immoral markets – e.g. diamonds)
- Are anti-discrimination laws that (arguably) curtail religious freedom appropriately applied in consumer markets related to weddings: e.g. wedding cakes?
- People spend a lot of money, time, and emotional energy on weddings. Is there any philosophical justification for it? What role do events like this play in the narrative of our lives? Our cultural heritage?
- Do we owe it to our parents to have weddings – given that there are few other moments of public recognition for the parents of adult children in American social life?
- Do idealizations about a bride’s body (idealizations about size, age, and virginity) prove to be oppressive (and is there anything interestingly new a philosopher might add to this discussion)?
- People make religious and cultural compromises when planning their weddings. (e.g. religious compromises to parents) Do these compromises threaten cultural heritage? Do they result in commitments of bad faith?
Deadline for Submission: May 31st, 2017.
Decisions Announced: June 15th, 2017.
Limited funding for travel is available from the conference budget, and will be distributed according to need.
Depending on the breadth and quality of submissions, the conference topic will be the focus of a special issue of Social Theory and Practice, edited by Hallie Liberto. Authors of accepted papers, as well as other highly ranked submissions, will be invited to submit full papers for consideration in the journal.
If you would like to submit a paper solely for consideration in the special issue of Social Theory and Practice, and not for consideration for the conference, please send in your paper by September 1st, 2017.
This is a call for abstracts for the fourth biennial New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR), to be held in New Orleans, LA, November 2-4, 2017. Abstracts are welcome on any topic having to do with agency and/or responsibility. Perspectives beyond just those from moral philosophy (e.g., psychology, legal theory, neuroscience, economics, metaphysics, and more) are welcome. To see more about the workshop’s general aims and other details, follow this link.
Applications are invited from current advanced doctoral students and recent PhD graduates/early career scholars to participate in a workshop on current issues in coercion, to be held on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, March 25-26, 2017. This workshop occurs at the culmination of a SSHRC-funded project on “The Regulation of Coercion,” led by Scott Anderson of the University of British Columbia. The workshop will feature the participation of and work by leading experts on coercion, including:
Michael Blake, U Washington
AJ Julius, UCLA
Niko Kolodny, UC Berkeley
Diana Tietjens Meyers, U Connecticut
Arthur Ripstein, U Toronto
Mathias Risse, Harvard
Laura Valentini, London School of Economics
Ekow Yankah, Cardozo School of Law
A syllabus of papers by the above participants and several others will be circulated in advance of the workshop, and all participants are expected to read the papers prior to attendance. There will be no formal presentations or reading of papers at the workshop, in order to maximize time for discussion. Participants are asked to be available to participate for the whole duration of the workshop (all day Saturday, March 25, and the morning of Sunday, March 26.)
Topics likely to be discussed at the workshop include:
- The concept and definition of coercion
- Coercion and moral responsibility
- Coercion, justice, and the state
- Coercion and immigration/citizenship
- Applied philosophical issues involving coercion
In order to ensure that emerging scholars are able to gain from this event, spaces have been reserved in this workshop for a small number of current PhD students and recent PhD graduates whose work relates to coercion and associated issues in ethics and social and political philosophy. Successful applicants will have their expenses paid for transportation, accommodation, and meals during the two-day workshop. (Details of these arrangements will be provided on request.) There is no expectation for applicants to submit a paper or make a presentation during the workshop, but if you have work that might be of interest to the topics of the workshop, it will be considered for inclusion on the list of readings.
To apply to participate in the workshop, please send a message stating your interest to scott dot anderson (*at*) ubc dot ca, including the following information:
- Name, current and recent institutional affiliation(s), date of PhD expected or completed.
- A brief statement of up to 400 words explaining the relevance of coercion in your philosophical work, and/or the relevance of your work to thinking about the topic of coercion.
- A current CV (an informal or abbreviated CV from current graduate students is fine).
- If you have a piece of your writing you think might be suitable for discussion at the workshop, or that is relevant for understanding your interest in the topic of the workshop, you may send it as well (papers in draft form are perfectly acceptable for this purpose). Submission of such writing is optional, however.
- The location from which you would be traveling here (as the cost of transportation may be a consideration outside for applications from outside of Canada or the U.S.).
We will make every effort to accommodate applicants requiring special arrangements to be able to attend; everyone who is interested is encouraged to apply regardless of such requirements.
Please submit your application for participation by Monday, January 30. Invitations to accepted participants will be made as soon after this date as is feasible. Questions about this workshop may also be directed to scott dot anderson (*at*) ubc dot ca.
Please encourage any likely interested persons to apply to this workshop.
Submission deadline: January 9, 2017
Conference date(s): May 23, 2017 – May 25, 2017 [Go to the conference’s page]
The conference will feature talks by Peter Singer, Hilary Greaves, Larry Temkin, Laurie Paul, Christian Barry, and several other prominent figures.
We hope to include up to ten talks by postgraduate students and early career researchers. Funding permitting, we may be able to fully reimburse for travel/accommodation. If you are interested in applying, please submit an abstract of around 500 words to Theron Pummer (at firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9 January 2017. Please allow 2-3 weeks after this deadline for decisions to be made.