Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Spring 2012

The Truth of Ethics

Fordham University Graduate Philosophy Conference

February 24 - 25, 2012


(Tentative Schedule)

Day 1: Friday, February 24


3:45-4:15 pm - Welcome


4:15-5:45pm - Session 1: Tradition, Bias, and Ethics

Kevin Tobia, (Rutgers University)  Experts, Biases, and the Truth Content of Moral Intuitions”  

Peter Seipel (Fordham University) “MacIntyre and the Rationality of Moral Traditions”


5:45-6:45pm - Dinner


7:15-8:45pm - Plenary Lecture by Dr. Baur (Tognino Hall)


8:45pm - Reception (Collins Hall)



Day 2: Saturday, February 25


9:00-9:30am - Coffee and Brunch


9:30-11:00am - Session 2: Moral Reasoning

Nicholas Engel (Columbia University) “Harman on Moral Reasoning”

Ryan Kemp (University of Notre Dame) “Korsgaard and Wittgenstein on the Privacy of Reasons”


11:00-11:15am - Coffee Break


11:15am-12:45pm - Session 3: Moral Realism?

Daniel Osusksy (Texas Tech University)

“Error Theory without the Error: Crispin Wright and Superassertibility

Nicolas Delon (Université de Picardie Jules Verne, CURAPP)

“The Truth about Animal Moral Status: from Science to Context ”


12:45-2:15pm - Lunch


2:15-3:45pm - Session 4: Moral Intuitions

Brian Besong (Purdue University) “Prudence and a Properly Functioning Conscience”

Nathan Robert Howard (University of Toronto) “What Good Are Counterexamples in Ethics?"


3:45-4:15pm - Coffee Break


4:15-6:30pm - Session 5: Naturalism and Morality

Steve Coyne (University of Toronto)

"The Open Question Argument and Non-Reductive Moral Naturalism"

Grace Hunt (New School for Social Research)

“Unearthing the Authority of Nietzsche’s Re-Evaluation of Values”

John Mumm (Fordham University)

 “Deliberating Together: Practical Reasons and the Function of Normative Discourse”


7:00-8:30pm - Keynote Lecture by Dr. Darwall (Tognino Hall)


8:30pm - Conference Banquet




Fordham Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Fordham Graduate Student Association

Fordham Philosophical Society

Fordham Office of the Provost

Fordham Philosophy Department

International Philosophical Quarterly

Center for Ethics Education



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