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Third Speculative Ethics Forum

Nov 18, 2017
9:00 am — 5:00 pm
Manhattan Campus, 101 Astor Place
Registration Required
November 18, 2017 9:00 am

The Speculative Ethics Forum is a one-day workshop-style event in which we’ll address the most challenging matters of ethics. Ethical approaches of all sorts are welcomed, including analytic, continental, ancient, medieval, etc. Bold and speculative inquiries are preferred to defenses of ground already gained, and to primarily scholarly work. Our aim, in short, is to have a single day concentrated on expanding the horizons of ethics.

This is a read-in-advance workshop. Papers of our presenters are available to all who register.

Keynote Speaker: Michael Smith (Princeton University)


9 a.m. Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc (Harvard University), "Interpersonal Engagement and The Recognition of Other Persons;" Commenter: Emad Atiq (Princeton University)

9:50 a.m. Justin Clarke-Doane (Columbia University), "Benacerraf, Pluralism, and Normativity;" Commenter: Christopher Frugé (Rutgers University)

10:50 a.m. James Brusseau (Pace University), "Privacy and Identity in the Time of Big Data;" Commenter: Vita Emery (Fordham University)

11:40 a.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. James Dodd (The New School), "War and Sacrifice: The Troubled Legacy of the First World War;" Commenter: Sarah Scott (Manhattan College)

1:30 p.m. Leo Zaibert (Union College), "Two Myths about Forgiveness;" Commenter: Cosim Sayid (CUNY)

2:30 p.m. Katja Vogt (Columbia University), "The Genuinely Aristotelean Guise of the Good;" Commenter: Matthew Lindauer (Australian National University)

3:30 p.m. Keynote Address:  Michael Smith (Princeton University), "Constitutivism, Neutral vs Relative Values and Reasons, and Conditional vs Unconditional Values and Reasons"


The Third Speculative Ethics Forum is sponsored by the St. John’s University Philosophy Department