Southampton-Humboldt Normativity Conference

December 18, 2023 - December 19, 2023
Department of Philosophy, University of Southampton

65/1175 (Lecture Theatre C)
Avenue Campus, Highfield Road
Southampton SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities


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This is the eighth in a high-profile annual series alternating between the University of Southampton and Humboldt University, Berlin.

The conference will bring together established and up-and-coming philosophers to share new work on normativity in and across different domains—moral, prudential, epistemic, aesthetic, legal, semantic, and so on. This includes work on foundational problems concerning reasons, rationality, obligation, and value, as well as questions concerning similarities and differences between different normative domains. Our primary aims are to provide a forum for lively and constructive exchange amongst philosophers currently working at the cutting-edge of the field, and to bring philosophers in different sub-disciplines—ethics, epistemology, aesthetics, etc.—into productive dialogue with one another.

This conference is organised in accordance with the BPA/SWIP good practice scheme and is sponsored by the Mind Association, the Aristotelian Society, the Analysis Trust, the Southampton Ethics Centre, and the Southampton Philosophy Department.


The talks will run from 10am-6pm each day of the conference. The schedule will be finalised closer to the date.

Keynote Speakers

Alison Hills (Oxford), 'TBC'

Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff),  'Teleoepistemics for Scaffolded 'Knowledge'

Plenary Speakers

Claire Kirwin (Northwesten), 'Intentional Action as Interpersonally Constituted'

Irene Martinez Marin (Uppsala), 'Good Transformative Reasoning: A guide for aesthetic aspirants'

Marina Moreno (LMU Munich) & Felix Lambrecht (Toronto), 'Can Two Wrongs Make a Right?'

Luis Rosa (Cologne), 'Inquiry Forbidden'

Joe Slater (Glasgow), 'Moral Anti-Rationalism and Blameworthiness'

Etye Steinberg (Tel Aviv), 'Commitments, Integrity, and Instrumental Rationality'

Lewis Williams (Oxford), 'Metanormative Uncertainty'

Michael Vollmer (Innsbruck), 'On Ways of Being Decided'


65/1175 (Lecture Theatre C), Avenue Campus, University of Southampton.

This is an in-person event, though there will be a hybrid option to attend over Teams.

Accessibility Information:

The conference will follow the BPA/SWiP Guidelines for Accessible Conferences. 

  • We will be able to provide a hearing loop if it is required.
  • We will permit service animals to attend.
  • All sessions will take place in the same location.
  • We will be able to provide a quiet room if it is required.
  • The venue will have available seating.
  • There will be parking nearby.
  • There will be refreshment breaks between each session.
  • We will make efforts to find funding available for delegates whose needs incur additional costs.
  • We will ensure that the lecture room is wheelchair accessible and that there are accessible toilets nearby.
  • We will permit questions during Q&A to be written down rather than spoken out loud.


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December 4, 2023, 11:45pm EET

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