Fabian Wendt, Bielefeld University has won the 2017 Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy for his paper “Rescuing Public Justification from Public Reason Liberalism”. Wendt is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bielefeld University, specializing in political philosophy. Starting in October, 2017, he will be a Research Associate at Chapman University. The essay competition is sponsored by the Marc Sanders Foundation. It is open to scholars who, at the time of the submission deadline, are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or are students currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible.
Call for Participation
Climate Ethics And Climate Economics: Risk, Uncertainty and Catastrophe Scenarios
Workshop at the University of Cambridge
Convened by Simon Beard (with Kai Spiekermann), supported by the ESRC, in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
8-10 May 2017
Accompanied by public lectures given by Professor Doyne Farmer and Professor Hilary Greaves on the evenings of the 8th and 10th of May.
The fifth of six ESRC-funded workshops on Climate Ethics and Climate Economics.
We are now looking for participants.
Matthew Rendall (University of Nottingham)
John Halstead (University of Oxford)
Elizabeth Baldwin (University of Oxford)
Doyne Farmer (Oxford Martin School)
Tina Sikka (University of Newcastle)
Iñaki San Pedro (University of the Basque Country)
Eike Düvel (University of Graz)
Hilary Greaves (Future of Humanity Institute)
Mariam Thalos (University of Utah)
Kieran Marray (University of Oxford)
Some scholars, most notably Martin Weitzman (2009; 2011) have warned that there is an uncertain chance of runaway climate change that could devastate the planet. At least since Hans Jonas’s The Imperative of Responsibility (1981), some have argued that even low-probability existential risks should be treated in a fundamentally different way. How should we act when we believe that there is some chance of a catastrophe, but cannot make reliable probability estimates (Elster 1979; Haller 2002; Gardiner 2005)? How much should we worry about worst-case scenarios? What should we do when experts disagree about whether catastrophe is possible?
Papers will be pre-circulated, with short presentations and comments from discussants.
Please pre-register here.
WORLD GOVERNMENT OR ELSE?
The world is encountering several global challenges: climate change, global injustice, and war
particularly stand out. Some think that there is only one adequate answer to these challenges:
to create a world state that governs the entire globe. Others think that creating a world state is
not a good idea for different reasons: it is unrealistic (given as the world it is now dominated
by territorial nation states); it is undesirable (it could lead to global tyranny and/or force upon
humanity a homogeneity that we don’t want); it is ineffective (there are other solutions to these
problems, such as stronger nation states, supra-national organizations, stronger regional
cooperation). This two-day workshop (June 13, 2017 – June 14, 2017) will examine the question
whether we need a world government (and in what form), both from theoretical and from
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The workshop will last for two days. The first day (June 13) will be
spent at the Collegium Helveticum, Zurich (Switzerland), the second day (June 14) in the
Zukunftskolleg, Konstanz (Germany). A shuttle bus service will be provided between Zurich
and Konstanz on the morning and evening of June 14.
Registration to attend is recommended. Please register with Attila Tanyi by emailing to
For further details, including a detailed programme when available, see
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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:
The Journal Manager
The Philosophical Quarterly
University of St Andrews
“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.
St. Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality 2017
May 21-23, 2017
Keynote: Kieran Setiya (MIT)
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.