Friday, May 28, 2010

RoME: Call for Commentators

Third Annual
Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress

University of Colorado, Boulder
August 5-8, 2010
Boulder, Colorado

an international conference geared to offer the highest quality, highest altitude discussion of ethics, broadly conceived

Call For Commentators

The Center for Values and Social Policy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder is pleased to invite philosophers to comment on main program papers at the third annual RoME Congress. See our preliminary main conference program below for a list of selected papers. As we finalize this program, we will need to assign commentators to each paper. Ideally we’d like to match papers up with experts and critics. That’s where you come in.

Anyone with interest in attending the RoME conference is invited to submit a letter indicating their interest in commenting. Unfortunately, given the vagaries of scheduling, we will not be able to assign commentator slots to all who express interest, but instead will do our best to fill the ranks with qualified commentators.


Commentator Expression of Interest Deadline: June 1, 2010.

Please submit (1) a short expression of interest, (2) your AOS, and (3) your (short or long) CV, electronically (in Word format) to all three organizers: Benjamin Hale (, Alastair Norcross (, and Duncan Purves (

For organizational purposes, please specify in the subject line of your e-mail by writing the words “RoME CFC Reply.” We hope to notify all commentators by June 15.


Main Papers: 30 minutes or 4500 words, whichever is shorter

Comments: 10-15 minutes

Q&A: Remaining Time

Session Length: 75 minutes total

For more information and updates on RoME III, please visit our website at


Keynote Speakers:

Susan Wolf (Chapel Hill)
John Martin Fischer (Riverside)
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Dartmouth)

Main Program (alphabetical order/unconfirmed):

1. Anna-Karin Andersson (Harvard): “Equality of Opportunity to Make Entitling Choices”

2. Chrisoula Andreou (Utah): “Self-Defeating Self-Governance”

3. Paul Baer (Georgia Tech): “Balancing Responsibility and Capacity in the Allocation of Climate Obligations”

4. Neera Badhwar (Oklahoma): “Autonomy as a Moral Virtue”

5. Anne Baril (Arizona): “Eudaimonism and Conditionality”

6. Jason Benchimol (Washington): “Voluntariness, Evaluative Judgment, and Morally Culpable Ignorance”

7. Matthew Braddock (Duke): “Defusing the Demandingness Objection”

8. Danielle Bromwich (Toronto) and Joseph Millum (NIH): “Fraud and Consent to Medical Research Participation”

9. Brian Boeninger (Notre Dame): “Influence and Moral Responsibility Mitigation”

10. Zac Cogley (UCLA): “Moral Responsibility and Two Concepts of Desert”

11. Christian Coons (Bowling Green): “The Best Expression of Welfarism”

12. Eva Dadlez (Central Oklahoma): “Federally Funded Elective Abortion: They Can Run, but They Can’t Hyde”

13. Dale Dorsey (Kansas): “The Supererogatory, and How to Accommodate It”

14. Kai Draper (Delaware): “Anticipating Death”

15. Julia Driver (Washington U, St. Louis): “Error Theory, Fictionalism, and Imagining the Impossible”

16. Tim Dunn (Wisconsin, Waukesha): “The Presumption of Egoism”

17. Robb Eason (Stony Brook/MIT): “The Ownership Condition of Guidance Control: Meeting Empirical Challenges”

18. Mylan Engel (Northern Illinois): “The Immorality of Biomedical Animal Experimentation”

19. Helen Frowe (Sheffield): “Non-Combatant Liability”

20. Lisa Fuller (Albany): “Burdened Societies and Transitional Theory”

21. Robyn Gaier (St. Louis): “The Second-Personal Perspective: An Other (and yet another) Argument for Externalism”

22. Ernesto Garcia (U Mass Amherst): “A New Account of Kantian Respect for Persons”

23. Amber Griffioen (Iowa/Marburg): “Deceiving You, Deceiving Me: On the Nature and Morality of Self-Deception”

24. Lori Gruen (Wesleyan): “The Ethics of Captivity”

25. Jason Hanna (Northern Illinois): “Consent and Framing Effects”

26. John Harris (Texas Christian): “Pick Your Poison: Posner, Wealth Maximization, and the Toxin Puzzle”

27. Avram Hiller (Portland State): “An Act-Consequentialist Doing/Allowing Distinction”

28. Justin Horn (Madison): “Evolution and Moral Realism”

29. Stan Husi (Rice): “A Defense of Radical Meta-Normative Skepticism”

30. Sam Kerstein (Maryland): “Saving Lives and Respecting Persons”

31. Andrew Khoury (Arizona State): “Responsibility, Tracing, and Consequences”

32. Matt King (Maryland): “Moral Responsibility and Merit”

33. Richard Kraut (Northwestern): “Against Absolute Goodness”

34. Errol Lord (Princeton): “Non-Violation does not equal Compliance”

35. Douglas Maclean (Chapel Hill): “Risk and Rationality”

36. Michael Nelson (Riverside): “An Uncompromising Connection Between Practical Reason and Morality”

37. Howard Nye (Alberta): “The Doctrine of Double Effect as an Objective Principle”

38. David Phillips (Houston): “Error Theory and the New Non-Naturalism”

39. Matjaž Potrč and Vojko Strahovnik (U Ljubljana, Slovenia): “Moral Dilemmas and Vagueness”

40. Mark Rosner (Queen’s University): “The Irrationality of Akratic Action”

41. Abe Roth (Ohio State): “Intention, Shared Activity, and Team Reasoning”

42. Brook Sadler (South Florida): “Acting Out of Character”

43. Santiago Samayago (Washington U, St. Louis): “Blame Me! It was a Slip”

44. Jeff Sebo (NYU): “Constructivism about the Self”

45. Andrew Sepielli (Toronto): “Normative Uncertainty for Non-Cognitivists”

46. Saul Smilansky (Haifa): “Should We Be Sorry that We Exist?”

47. David Sobel (Nebraska): “Parfit’s Case against Subjectivism”

48. Roy Sorensen (Washington U, St. Louis): “Knowledge-Lies”

49. Gopal Sreenivasan (Duke): “Equality, Opportunity, Ambiguity”

50. Sarah Stroud (McGill): “Partiality and Plural Agency”

51. David Sussman (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “Pain for Constructivists”

52. Frans Svensson (Uppsala): “Virtue Ethics and Right Conduct: A Reconsideration”

53. Matthew Talbert (West Virginia): “Moral Competence, Moral Blame, and Protest”

54. Michael Tiboris (UCSD): “Childhood and Status in Kantian Non-Ideal Theory”

55. Pekka Vayrynen (Leeds): “Thick Concepts and Presupposition”

56. Jonathan Way (Sterling): “Transmission and the Wrong Kind of Reason”

57. Justin Weinberg (South Carolina): “Moral Hazards”

58. Brynn Welch (Madison): “Narrowing the Realm of Legitimate Parental Partiality”

59. Shay Welch (Williams): “Democratic Equality, the Freedom Threshold, and Strong Sufficientarianism”

60. Stephen White (UCLA): “What’s Wrong With Coercion?”

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