Rights, Respect, and Well-Being

October 7, 2022 - October 8, 2022
Departement of Philosophy, University of Zürich

Zollikerstrasse 115
Zürich 8008

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Micha Gläser ([email protected])
Simon Ewers ([email protected])

Both affiliated with:
University of Zurich, Department of Philosophy, SNSF Research Project "Grounding Rights"

October 7–8, 2022

Center for Ethics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

"Right," "Well-Being," and "Respect" are quite fundamental concepts in academic ethics, public discourse, and commonsense morality alike. They are fundamental in that they are nigh impossible to avoid when deliberating or discussing what we ought to do and what we owe to each other. Accordingly, getting a firm grip on the nature of rights, respect, and well-being and how they are related seems vital.

The workshop will be focused particularly on exploring the interrelations of the parts to this triad:

• Is respect for persons the same thing as respect for their rights (Feinberg's intriguing idea)? • Is disrespect necessarily bad for us? • Are there any harmless wrongs? • Are all rights grounded in or justified by interests? • Do rights in turn ground further interests? • Is there, or can there be, a right to be respected? • Do rights secure the means for the pursuit of one's own well-being?   We welcome any abstracts looking into these or similar questions, as well as inquiries into one of the concepts in isolation.

The workshop will be held in a presentation & discussion format. To allow for longer talks and in-depth discussion, each participant will be assigned a 90 min. slot (about 45 min. for presentation and discussion each).

In general, travel and accommodation costs will not be covered. However, we may be able to provide some financial support based on need. Please contact us for further information.

Submission Guidelines:
We invite early-career philosophers, defined as Ph.D. candidates and those who obtained their Ph.D. within the last 7 years, to submit an abstract by July 15, 2022. Abstracts should be written in English, anonymized, not exceed 1,000 words, and be sent in .pdf format to [email protected]. We are aiming to make our selection and communicate our decision by the end of July. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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