CFP: Moral Responsibility: Analytic Approaches, Substantive Accounts and Case Studies

Moral Responsibility: Analytic Approaches, Substantive Accounts and Case Studies International Conference, Ghent University, Belgium, Monday and Tuesday 18-19 October 2010 hosted by the Center for Ethics & Value Inquiry, Ghent University & organized with the financial support of the Research Foundation Flanders – FWO.

Please submit 250 word abstracts for 20-minute papers by 31 July 2010. Please include academic affiliation, e-mail address, street address, phone number, and audio-visual requirements. Abstracts may be sent to Submitters will be notified by August 10th, 2010 if their proposals have been accepted.

Conference Theme:

Moral responsibility is inescapable. All the more vexing, then, is that the very notion of moral responsibility continues to puzzle us. The issue of moral responsibility is far from a monolithic one. Rather, the precise definition of the problem and the corresponding set of possible approaches vary with, e.g., the level of abstraction, the domain of application, the meta-philosophical context, the theoretical desiderata, etc.

The purpose of this conference is to encourage and facilitate the productive interaction between these very different approaches, especially between (1) conceptual analyses and explications of moral responsibility and related notions, (2) substantive accounts, often based on rival sets of, e.g., social, political and religious belief systems, and (3) case studies in, e.g., biomedical, business, environmental, sexual and research ethics, or, e.g., relating to crimes against humanity, international politics and intervention, etc.

Plenary Speakers: Bob Brecher (Brighton University), Pekka Mäkela (University of Helsinki), Paul Russell (University of British Columbia), Maureen Sie (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

For more information about the conference, please contact Tom Claes at or visit conference website.

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