Formal Ethics 2020

April 4, 2020 - April 5, 2020
Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University

Calhoun Hall
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville 37235-1819
United States

Keynote speakers:

Duke University
University of Pennsylvania



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Conference Venue:

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN, USA


Call for papers: Formal Ethics 2020 | International Conference | Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University | April 4–5, 2020.

Keynote speakers: Matthew Adler (Duke Law School) and Cristina Bicchieri (Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania).

About Formal Ethics

Formal Ethics is a common denominator for the application of 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 that 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, population ethics, value theory, and the evolution of norms and conventions.

Previous editions of this conference series were held in Groningen (2010), Munich (2012), Rotterdam (2014), Bayreuth (2015), York (2017), and Gent (2019). See


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Contributed Talks for FE2020

Formal Ethics 2020 will feature a single track for contributed talks of 40-45 minutes. Authors should submit an extended abstract (1000 words max, pdf format) to by December 9, 2019.  Notifications of acceptance will be sent by January 31, 2020

Submissions in all areas of formal ethics, broadly construed, are welcome. Priority shall be given to contributions that employ formal methods.  Contributions that do not employ formal methods but draw on work that does shall also be given consideration.  It is hoped to have speakers at different stages of their careers (including Ph.D. students and postdocs) participate.

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions:                 December 9, 2019
Notification of acceptance:               January 31, 2020
Conference:                                       April 4-5, 2020  

Organization of FE2020

Local Organizer and Chair of the Programme Committee: John Weymark (Economics and Philosophy, Vanderbilt University).

Programme Committee: Fabrizio Cariani (Philosophy, Northwestern University), Franz Dietrich (Economics, Paris School of Economics), Iwao Hirose (Philosophy, McGill University), Jeff Horty (Philosophy, University of Maryland), Melinda Roberts (Philosophy, College of New Jersey), Itai Sher (Economics, University of Massachusetts), Katie Steele (Philosophy, Australian National University), and Martin van Hees (Philosophy, Free University Amsterdam).

Steering Committee of the Formal Ethics Conference Series: Albert Anglberger (Munich), Constanze Binder (Rotterdam), Conrad Heilmann (Rotterdam), Paul McNamara (New Hampshire), and Oliver Roy (Bayreuth).

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