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CFP: Grounding and Fundamentality in Metaphysics and in Ethics

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Conference at Bogazici University, Istanbul

10-12 October 2013

Keynote Speakers: Ruth Chang, Janice Dowell, John Hawthorne

Invited and confirmed participants: Tristram McPherson, Pekka Väyrynen, TBA

The purpose of this conference is to explore implications of recent work in metametaphysics and metaphysics on fundamentality and grounding for ethics and metaethics. The reverse, namely, whether applications of grounding or fundamentality in ethics or metaethics might cast light on fundamentality and grounding generally, is also of interest. We invite papers relevant to these questions, and especially on the following themes.

Suggested themes

The relevance of the (meta-)metaphysical concept of naturalness to metaethical questions

Are there moral kinds? How do they stand with respect to natural kinds?

How should we understand alleged priority relations between goodness/rights/virtue/reasons?

Moral properties as universals

The relationship between traditional metaethical categories (cognitivism/non-cognitivism; naturalism/non-naturalism; reduction/non-reduction) and new work on fundamentality or grounding

The relation between naturalistic moral realisms and the ontological status of the special sciences

The metaphysics of thick moral properties (e.g. courageousness)

Inferences from the semantics of deontic expressions to metaphysical conclusions

Metaphysical explanation in ethics

How are such relations as evaluative dependence, determination and good-making best understood?

Can reality have normative “joints”?

Papers should be presentable in 50 minutes. Please send a detailed abstract (600-900 words) suitable for blind review, and a separate document with personal details to fundamentalnaturalgood@gmail.com

Application deadline: 1 August 2013

Decisions will be announced by 15 August, 2013

Inquiries should be sent to kurtsal(dot)steen(at)gmail(dot)com

Irem Kurtsal Steen

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Philosophy Department

Bogazici University

Bebek, Istanbul




Written by Irem Kurtsal Steen

June 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

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