CFP: Formal Ethics 2017

Submission deadline: January 15, 2017

Conference date(s):
June 21, 2017 - June 23, 2017

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Conference Venue:

University of York
York, United Kingdom

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Formal Ethics 2017

International Conference

University of York, United Kingdom

21-23 June 2017

Keynote speakers:

Holly Smith (Rutgers University)

Luc Bovens (London School of Economics)

(+ further speakers tbc.)

Formal Ethics applies tools from logic, decision theory, game theory, and
social choice theory to the analysis of concepts in moral and political
philosophy and to the development of ethical theory. It is a rapidly
growing field of research which goes back to the work of Kenneth Arrow,
Amartya Sen, John Harsanyi, Georg Henrik von Wright and others. The
field has recently gained new impetus with formal work on non-classical
logic, freedom and responsibility, value theory and the evolution of norms
and conventions. It now includes contributions not only from philosophy,
but also from economics, computer sciences and linguistics. Contributions
to this conference need not be formal in nature but should show familiarity
with the results of applying formal tools and results to ethical investigations.  
We aim at an inclusive conference in which speakers at different stages of
their careers (including PhD students and post-docs) participate. We aim at a strong representation of female philosophers. Selected contributions to this conference will be invited to submit to a special issue of the Journal of Moral Philosophy.

The School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy at the University of York is a centre of research in this field and is proud to host the fifth instalment of this conference series. After Groningen (2010), Munich (2012), Rotterdam (2014), and Bayreuth (2015), this conference comes to the UK for the first time.

We cordially invite submissions of abstracts to be considered for presentation at the Formal Ethics 2017 international conference.

Submissions in all areas related to formal ethics are welcome. Submitted abstracts must be of no more than 1,000 words in length. Please send submissions in .pdf format with a cover letter detailing your name, institutional affiliations, and current position. Please prepare your submissions for blind review and send to with the subject ‘Submission.’ We aim for a coherent programme in which different groups are equally represented.  We particularly encourage submissions from graduate students and from members of underrepresented groups.

Deadline for submissions: January 15th, 2017 
Submissions of abstracts suitable for anonymous review and a cover sheet including name, institutional affiliation, and current position to

Length of contributed abstracts: 1,000 words max (pdf format)
Notification of acceptance: February 6th, 2017 
Conference: June 21-23, 2017

We are very grateful to the following organisations for their funding:


The Analysis Trust

The Aristotelian Society

Local organising committee:

Christian Piller, Jack Warman, Johan Gustafsson, Christopher Jay, Mozaffar Qizilbash, Richard Yetter-Chappell

Steering Committee of Formal Ethics Conference Series:

Albert Anglberger (Munich), Constanze Binder (Rotterdam), Conrad Heilmann (Rotterdam), Paul McNamara (New Hampshire), Oliver Roy (Bayreuth)

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