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Ethics Discussion at PEA Soup: Michael Cholbi and Alex Madva’s, “Black Lives Matter and the Call for Death Penalty Abolition,” with a critical précis by Erin Kelly

Welcome to what we expect will be a very interesting and productive discussion of Michael Cholbi and Alex Madva‘s, “Black Lives Matter and the Call for Death Penalty Abolition.” The paper is published in the most recent edition of Ethics and is available through open access here. Erin Kelly has kindly agreed to contribute a critical précis, and it appears immediately below. Please join in the discussion!

Erin Kelly writes:

Michael Cholbi and Alex Madva’s paper, “Black Lives Matter and the Call for Death Penalty Abolition,” argues that capital punishment wrongs black defendants and black communities, and that the proper remedy for this wrong is abolition of the death penalty. In developing this argument, they make an interesting case for understanding the racial wrongs of capital punishment in political terms—as instances of distributive injustice—rather than (simply) in terms of a failure to achieve retributive justice. I will explore both the nature of their claims about distributive justice and their criticism of retributive justice. I won’t address the case for abolition, which flows naturally from their conclusions about the harm done by the death penalty. Instead I will suggest, briefly, how their argument against the retributive theory could be stronger.


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Ethics and Public Affairs Fellowships — Tulane

The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at the Murphy Institute at Tulane University invites applications for Visiting Research Professorships/Resident Faculty Fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year.

These fellowships are available to support outstanding faculty whose teaching and research focus on ethics, political philosophy, political theory, or questions of moral choice in areas such as, but not restricted to, business, government, law, economics, and medicine. While fellows will participate in conferences and seminars organized by the Murphy Institute, they will be expected to devote most of their time to conducting their own research. Faculty Fellows are normally appointed as Visiting Research Professors. As Visiting Research Professors, they receive a salary of 65,000 USD and are eligible for Tulane University health insurance.


Applicants should hold a doctorate or equivalent research degree in philosophy, political theory, or a related discipline at the time of application. Applicants should also have a full-time college or university appointment at the time of application. Full-time faculty at all ranks are invited to apply.


Required application materials include the completed fellowship application form, curriculum vitae, project description with bibliography, scholarly paper, and two confidential letters of recommendation. Applicants must apply via Interfolio here. Applying for this position via Interfolio is free for all applicants

Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please visit the Murphy Institute’s website, or contact the Murphy Institute’s assistant director, Margaret Keenan, at

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CFA, Theistic Ethics Workshop

The organizers of the first annual Theistic Ethics Workshop encourage abstract submissions for our inaugural meeting at the Graylyn Conference Center ( on the campus of Wake Forest University. The workshop will be held on October 8-10, 2015, and details can be found here:


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Arizona WiNE: call for abstracts

From Mark Timmons, here is a call for abstracts for the Fourth Annual Arizona
Workshop in Normative Ethical Theory that will be held in Tucson, Arizona on
January 3-5, 2013. Abstracts are welcome in any area or on any topic in
normative ethical theory (to be distinguished as well as possible from
metaethics, political philosophy, and applied ethics).

Abstracts should be 2-3 double-spaced pages and are due no later than Monday June 4,
2012. Please send abstracts by email to Mark at
Those who presented at the 2011 or 2012 workshops are not eligible for presenting at the 2013 workshop.
A program committee will evaluate the submissions and decisions will be finalized by early July.

Julia Annas (Arizona), Brad Hooker (Reading), and Shelly Kagan (Yale) are the 2013 keynote speakers.

Further information about the submission of abstracts and about the Workshop is
available at the Workshop website.

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