CFP: Grounding and Fundamentality in Metaphysics and in Ethics
Submission deadline: Thursday, August 1 2013
Thursday, October 10 2013 - Saturday, October 12 2013
Philosophy Department, Bogazici University
Grounding and Fundamentality in Metaphysics and in Ethics
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: 1 August 2013
Decisions will be announced by 15 August, 2013
Inquiries should be sent to email@example.com
Irem Kurtsal Steen
Assistant Professor of Philosophy