CFP: Free Will, Responsibility, and Science

Submission deadline: March 1, 2012

Conference date(s):
April 19, 2012 - April 21, 2012

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Conference Venue:

Philosophy Department, Salem State University
Salem, United States

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The 38th Conference on Value Inquiry, on “Free Will, Responsibility, and Science,” will be hosted by Salem State University on April 18-20, 2012. Papers and proposals for papers that address the interplay of free will with moral responsibility and deliberation, as well as the role of science in giving scope to notions such as free will and responsibility, are particularly welcome. Space is limited, so early submission is strongly encouraged and advised. Papers should be between 20-25 minutes reading time.

Broad participation is sought, with papers that may be practically or theoretically oriented. Topics may be disciplinary and range over issues within a single field of value inquiry such as ethics, political theory, or economics. Topics may be interdisciplinary and range over issues between two or more fields of value inquiry. Topics may even be meta-disciplinary and range over purely conceptual issues.

Daniel Dennett of  Tufts, Robert Audi of Notre Dame, and Thomas Magnell of Drew will be plenary speakers at the conference.

To submit a paper, an abstract, or a proposal, or for additional information, contact:

William Cornwell, Chair

Philosophy Department

Salem State University

352 Lafayette Street

Salem, MA  01970

(978) 542-6060

[email protected]

Located 15 miles up the coast from Boston, Salem is a tourist destination known for its history, beauty, and charm. The Hawthorne Hotel ( in downtown Salem is within walking distance of major Salem attractions and is offering special rates for conference participants. Use code “SSUN04” when making reservations. The number of discounted rooms is restricted, so early registration is advisable. Commuter rail service to Boston is available a few blocks from the hotel. 

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