What We Owe to Ourselves: A Conference on Duties to Oneself

October 29, 2021 - October 30, 2021
Central European University


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Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
University of Edinburgh
Cambridge University
University of Gothenburg
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Arizona
Utrecht University


University of Gothenburg
Central European University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Central European University
Utrecht University

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In recent years, the topic of duties to oneself has enjoyed renewed interest. The purpose of this conference is to bring together scholars interested in this promising area of research, and to provide a forum for the discussion of its emerging questions.

In addition to the confirmed speakers listed above, we seek to select up to four speakers based on abstracts submitted for blind review. We especially encourage submissions from graduate students. The topic of duties to oneself is conceived broadly. Themes and issues may include but are not limited to:

-       Personal projects

-       Responsibility to oneself

-       Rights against oneself

-       Self-improvement

-       Self-knowledge

-       Self-other symmetry/asymmetry

-       Self-regarding virtues

-       Self-sacrifice

-       Self-worth

Guidelines for submissions:

An abstract should be approximately 1,000 words long (excluding references) and properly anonymized. Please submit the abstract by July 31st, 2021, together with a separate file containing your name, the title of your presentation, and your institutional affiliation. All inquiries and abstracts should be sent to [email protected]. We entertain the possibility of publishing a special issue on the basis of the papers presented at the conference.

*The conference is funded by Central European University



Yuliya Kanygina

Andres Moles

Daniel Muñoz

Simon Rippon

Janis Schaab

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