CFP: Wronging and Making Right: The Morality and Law of Remedial Practices

Submission deadline: March 1, 2024

Conference date(s):
June 17, 2024 - June 19, 2024

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Conference Venue:

Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics, Jagiellonian University
Kraków, Poland

Topic areas


Wrongs and remedies are ubiquitous. Flourishing interpersonal relationships include a good deal of apologies and pleas for forgiveness. A significant part of modern private law, on the other hand, is concerned with remedying interpersonal failures. In the public debate, appeals to reparations for historical wrongs have acquired prominence in the last decades and sometimes led to legal implementations, whilst also attracting critical responses.   In moral philosophy, remedial practices have been traditionally studied under the Aristotelian heading of corrective justice. In the last decades, however, novel conceptual repertoires have gained traction which seem particularly fitting to address interpersonal wrongs and corrections, such as directed duties, second-personal normativity, and relational reasons. In the meantime, legal scholars have debated whether Aristotelian corrective justice is the right framework to look at when attempting to justify the law of torts or other remedial practices. Finally, the philosophical discussion on wrongs and remedies has now expanded into political philosophy, with the debate over historical wrongs and reparations, and epistemology, with the emergence of a literature on doxastic wrongs and epistemic atonement and reparations.  
In this event ( ), hosted by Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics) and co-organized by Giulio Fornaroli (Jagiellonian) and Nicolas Cornell (Michigan – Ann Arbor), we aim to discuss such topics as the nature and significance of interpersonal wronging, the role of directed duties and second-personal normativity, the relationship between corrective justice and remedial legal practices, the philosophical and doctrinal foundations of the law of torts, moral and metaphysical problems raised by historical reparations, the plausibility of wrongs and remedial practices in the epistemic sphere.   Speakers who have confirmed their presence include Carla Bagnoli (Modena & Reggio Emilia), Christopher Bennett (Sheffield), Rowan Cruft (Stirling), Micha Gläser (Zurich), Julian Jonker (Penn), John Oberdiek (Rutgers), Linda Radzik (Texas A &M), Sandy Steel (Oxford), Jay Wallace (Berkeley/Humboldt).

A few remaining places will be selected through a call for abstracts. If interested to present, please send a 500-word anonymized abstract to both [email protected] and [email protected] with the subject line "Wrongs Conference" by Friday, 1st March 2024. We are particularly keen to select junior scholars and PhD candidates. 

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