CFP: The Metaphysics of Normativity: Old Answers to New Questions

Submission deadline: January 15, 2023

Conference date(s):
May 22, 2023 - May 23, 2023

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Conference Venue:

Dipartimento di filosofia Piero Martinetti, Università degli Studi di Milano
Milano, Italy

Topic areas


What is the nature of normativity? What is the relation between normative facts, e.g. moral facts, and non-normative facts, e.g. facts about our psychology? Can normative facts be reduced to non-normative facts? Do they supervene on them? Does the non-normative ground the normative? These are all questions in the metaphysics of normativity, and this workshop wants to discuss them with an eye to the philosophical tradition - since we believe that the philosophical tradition can not only help us to answer such questions, but also to rethink some of the unquestioned assumptions of the relevant debates.

The workshop is the second in a series of workshops on the nature of normativity hosted by the Piero Martinetti Department of Philosophy at the University of Milan, and it will be held on May 22-23, 2023.

Invited Speakers

Carla Bagnoli (Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia), Terence Cuneo (University of Vermont), Kenneth Walden (Darthmouth College).


Stefano Bacin (Università degli Studi di Milano), Andrea Guardo (Università degli Studi di Milano).

Call for papers

In the workshop there will be room for some contributed talks. Abstracts (500-1000 words, references not included) should be ready for blind review and include the title of the paper; they should make clear both the topic and the main arguments of the talk. Papers should be suitable for a 45-minute presentation, which will be followed by a 30-minute discussion. Please send also a separate document with name, affiliation (if any), title of the paper, and contact information. All materials should be sent to both [email protected] and [email protected] by January 15th, 2023. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by February 15th (if you don't hear back from us by that date, that means that your paper has not been selected). Accepted speakers will be asked to share a draft of their paper by May 1st.

For any queries and clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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