Center Blog Launches
The Center has launched its new blog, "What's Wrong?" Follow the blog on Facebook here. [8/10/15]
Think! Talk: "Cowspiracy" Movie, 3/19
The Think! Talk series presents a screeing of the movie "Cowspiracy", March 19th 6:30-9:00 PM in MATH 100. A panel discussion will follow. [3/10/15]
2014 Morris Colloquium to honor Alison Jaggar
The 2014 Morris Colloquium, "In the Unjust Meantime" will be held August 6-7. This year's colloquium will celebrate the work of CU Boulder Philosophy Professor of Distinction Alison Jaggar. [4/18/14]
RoME VII CFP is up:
The Sixth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress
August 7-10, 2014
See the Conference Website for more information [2/4/14]
Applications Due Feb 15!
RoME VI CFP is up:
The Sixth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress
August 8-11, 2013
See the Conference Website for more information [12/4/12]
The Fifth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress
August 9-12, 2012
See the Conference Website for more information [5/14/12]
The Morris Colloquium: March 15-16, 2012
Topic: Immigration. Speakers: Kit Wellman, Michael Blake, Adam Hosein. More information on the Morris page. [3/8/12]
Think! Talk: Diana Hsieh, "Should You Try to Be Morally Perfect?"
Tuesday, March 6, 2012. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here. [3/1/12]
Think! Talk: Brian Talbot, "Killing and Priming: Some Recent Research into Moral Evidence"
Tuesday, January 24, 2012. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here. [1/18/12]
The Fourth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress
August 4-7, 2011
See the Conference Website for more information [8/6/11]
Think! Talk: Ajume Wingo, "The Paths for the Perplexed: The Perils of Leadership in Modern Africa"
Wednesday, April 27, 2011. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here. [4/27/11]
The 2011 Morris Colloquium: March 10-11
Charles Mills -- the John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University -- will give us three talks. [3/3/11]
Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
Ethics Bowlcoming to CU: December 4, 2010.
The Third Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress: August 5-8, 2010. See the conference website for the program and other conference information. [8/3/10]
Think! Talk: Brian Talbot, "Virtues and Video Games: How Should You Feel About Simulated Evil Acts?" Tuesday, April 13, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.
Think! Talk: Wes Morriston, "Divinely Mandated Genocide in the Bible: Is God Bad? Or Is the Bible Wrong about God?" Tuesday, March 16, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.
Think! Talk: Michael Tooley, "What Is Wrong with the World, and Who Is to Blame?" Tuesday, February 2, 2010. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Free and open to the public. More information here.
Call for Papers: Third Annual RoME Congress. The Center for Values and Social Policy is pleased to invite paper proposals for the third annual RoME Congress to be held August 5-8, 2010 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Papers from all areas of ethics and political theory are invited. To encourage the participation of junior scholars, the University of Colorado will be awarding a Young Ethicist Prize of $500 for most meritorious submission by a younger scholar. Click here for a pdf of the Call for Papers. [1/7/10]
Ethics Bowl: Click here for information about the upcoming Rocky Mountain Regional Ethics Bowl, including registration.
New Director: Ajume Wingo has taken over as Director of the Center for Values and Social Policy. Welcome, Ajume!
Think! Come to our free public lecture series.
RoME 2009: Click here for information about 2009's Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress.
All Talks on Friday from 12:00-12:50 in the Center (HLMS 269), unless noted.
Oct 2: Professor Adam Hosein
"Racial Profiling and Reasonable Resentment"
Oct 9: Dr. Govind Persad (Stanford)
"Why We Don't Need More Organ Donors"
Jan. 30: Jonathan Spelman
"Moral Obligation and Blame"
Feb 6: Dr. Hye-Ryoung Kang
"Can Rawls' Non-Ideal Theory Save His Ideal Theory?"
Feb. 13: Alastair Norcross
"On Wanton Self-Assurance: I Promised Myself I'd Write This"
Feb. 20: Shane Gronholz
"Welfare: Does Thinking Make it So?"
Feb. 27: Professor Dominik Perler (Berlin University/Princeton University)
"What is a Dead Body? Medieval Debates on a Metaphysical Puzzle."
Mar. 13: Alberto Ghibellini (Leo Strauss Center of the University of Chicago)
"Leo Strauss on Natural Right"
Mar. 20: TBA
Apr. 10: Paul Bowman
Apr. 24: Professor Joseph Ulatowski (University of Texas at El Paso)
"On Where the Action Is"
Sept 26: Andrew Chapman
"The Existential Dimension of Morality"
Oct 3: Prof. David Boonin
"Status Quo Bias and the Experience Machine"
Oct 10: Prof. Peter King (University of Toronto)
"Moral Fatigue: The Deadly Vice"
Oct 17: Prof. Joe Ulatowski (University of Texas at El Paso)
Oct 31: Prof. Caroline Arruda (University of Texas at El Paso)
"The Metaethical Problem of Suffering"
Nov 7: Joseph Stenberg
"Happiness on Earth (kind of) as it is in Heaven: Aquinas on Imperfect Happiness"
Nov. 21: Prof. Iskra Fileva
Jan 31: Prof. Eric Chwang
"Consent's Been Framed: How and When to Solve the Problem that Framing Effects Pose for Consent"
Feb 14: Prof. Adam Hosein
"Risk and Rights"
Feb 21: Prof. Michael Huemer
"Can Constitution Protect Freedom?"
Mar 7: Prof. Iskra Fileva (University of Michigan)
"The False, the Bad, and the Beautiful"
Mar 14: Prof. David Boonin
"Sex, Lies, and Consent"
Mar 21: Prof. Chris Heathwood
"Which Desires Are Relevant to Well-Being?"
Apr 11: Prof. Stephen M. Campbell (Coe College)
"The Good Death"
Apr 18: PhD Student Shane Gronholz
"Are Philosophers and Laypeople Talking About the Same Thing When They Talk about Morality?"
Apr 25: Prof. Adam Beresford (University of Massachusetts at Boston)
May 2: Glenn Loury (Brown University)
"When Speaking Truth to Power is Not Enough: On the Ethics of Being a Public Intellectual in America Today"
Sept 6: Prof. Eric Chwang
"Against the Moral Relevance of the Similarity between Research Subject and Beneficiary"
Sept 20: Prof. Claudia Mills
"Manipulation as an Aesthetic Flaw"
Sept 27: PhD Student Chad Cliest (Marquette University)
Special Location: HLMS 177
"Killing for Food and Tragic Dilemmas: Capabilities Analysis"
Oct 4: Prof. Chris Heathwood
"Irreducibly Normative Properties"
Oct 11: Prof. Bradley Monton
"Morality Grounds Personal Identity"
Oct 18: Prof. David Hildebrand (CU Denver)
"Pragmatism, Objectivity, and Democracy"
Oct 25: Prof. Iskra Fileva (University of Michigan)
"Playing with Fire: Art and the Seductive Power of Pain"
Nov 1: Christopher Lewis (Stanford University)
"Inequality, Incentives, Criminality and Blame"
Nov 8: Prof. Mary Ann Cutter (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)
"The Ethical Implications of Gendering Disease"
Nov 15: Prof. Ajume Wingo
"A Free Person as a Maker of Surprises"
Dec 6: Dr. Eamon Aloyo
"The Last of Last Resort: Why the Last Resort Criterion in Just War Theory Should Not Exist"
Jan 25: Prof. Michael Huemer
"Probabilistic Proof of Moral Realism"
Feb 1: Dr. Brian Talbot
"Conflicting Intuitions in Ethics and Elsewhere"
Feb 8: Dr. Eamon Aloyo
"Why Just Assassinations are Morally Preferable to Just Wars and Some Harmful 'Peaceful' Policies"
Mar 1: Prof. Eric Chwang
Mar 8: Duncan Purves
"The Harm of Death"
Mar 15: Dan Lowe
"Why Counterexamples Fail (and What To Do About It): A Talk on Moral Epistemology and Philosophical Method"
Apr 5: Paul Studtmann
"The Game of Laws"
Apr 12: Prof. Ajume Wingo
Apr 19: Prof. Benjamin Hale
Apr 26: Prof. Adam Hosein
"Freedom, Sex-Stereotype and Anti-Discrimination"
Sept 14: Prof. Alison Jaggar
"Does Poverty Wear a Woman's Face? Some moral dimensions of a transnational feminist research project"
Sept 21: Dr. Abigail Gosselin
"Women, Justice, and the Global Context of Mental Disorder"
Sept 28: Prof. Michael Huemer
"The Duty to Disregard the Law"
Oct 5: Prof. David Boonin
"Harm After Death"
Oct 12: Annaleigh Curtis
"The Problem of Evidentialism in Moral Epistemology"
Oct 19: Prof. Mary Ann Cutter (CU Colorado Springs)
"The Ethics of Gender-Specific Disease"
Oct 26: Chelsea Haramia
"What are our Responsibilities to the Non-Existent?"
Nov 2: Prof. Alastair Norcross
Nov 9: Martin Chamorro
"The Proportionality of Open Borders and Exclusion"
Nov 16: Prof. Adam Hosein
"Where Are You Really From? Ethnic Selection in Liberal Democracies"
Nov 30: Annaleigh Curtis
"A Problem for Evidentialism in Moral Epistemology"
Dec 7: Ryan Jenkins
Jan 27: Prof. David Boonin
"Parfit's latest defense of the No Difference View"
Feb 10: Prof. Chris Heathwood
"Preferentism and the Experience Requirement"
Feb 17: Dr. Brian Talbot
"Which Epistemic Norms Matter?"
Mar 9: Prof. Philip Cafaro (CSU)
"For a Species Right to Exist"
Mar 23: Prof. Alastair Norcross
"Why and How Death is Bad for Animals, and People"
Apr 6: Prof. Chad Kautzer (CU Denver)
"Arendt, Occupy, and the Challenge to Political Liberalism: A Reply to Charles W. Mills"
Apr 13: Annaleigh Curtis
"Epistemic Injustice and Moral Knowledge"
Apr 20: Prof. Marion Hourdequin (Colorado College)
"Geoengineering, Solidarity, and Moral Risk"
Apr 27: Prof. David Boonin
"Why Blackmail Should Be Legal"
May 4: Prof. Robert Pasnau
All Talks on Friday from 12:00-12:50 in the Center (HLMS 269), unless noted
Jan. 14, 2011: Dr. Nick Ferreira (University of Witwatersrand)
Jan. 21: Eric Chwang
“A Qualified Argument against Athletic Doping"
Jan. 28: Christian Lee
“Dissolving Indeterminacy and Incommensurability in Values”
Feb 4: Claudia Mills
“The Ethics of Parenthood”
Feb. 11: Michael Huemer
“Authority and Hypothetical Consent"
Feb. 18: Jarrod Hanson (Education)
"Defending Deliberative Democracy in the Classroom: Bridging Epistemological Divides"
Feb. 25: Adam Hosein
"Immigration and Equality: Must Governments Treat Aliens the Same as Citizens?"
Mar. 4: Eamon Aloyo (Political Science)
"A Democratic Justification for Nonmilitary Humanitarian Intervention: Reconciling Human Rights and Collective Self Determination"
Mar. 11: Charles Mills
"Body Politic, Bodies Impolitic"
Mar. 18: Horst Mewes (Political Science)
“The Function of Religion in Tocqueville’s Democracy in America”
Apr. 1: Bob Pasnau
"Trust Yourself, Be Irrational"
Apr. 8: David Boonin
"Famine, Affluence, and Mortality: A Non-Consequentialist Response to Singer and Unger"
Apr. 22: Ben Rich (UC Davis School of Medicine)
"Existential Suffering and the Ethics of Palliative Sedation"
Apr. 29: Kent Northcote, M.D.
“Perception and Memory”
All Talks on Friday from 1:00-1:50 in the Center (HLMS 269), unless noted
Sept. 3, 2010: Eric Chwang
“Freedom from Autonomy”
Sept. 10: Mike Huemer
“Against Democratic Authority”
Sept. 17: Ben Hale
"Undoing and Disallowing"
Sept. 24 at 12:00 noon: Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)
“Cinematic Action Theory”
(Note the time change)
Oct. 1: Eamon Aloyo
“Basic Democratic Rights: Conditionally Deriving Human Rights from a thin Procedural Conception of Democracy”
Oct. 8: Kacey Warren
"Recognizing Disability: Reconceptualizing a Vision of Social Justice for the Cognitively Disabled"
Oct. 15: Amandine Catala
“Reframing the Normative Question of Secession”
Oct. 22: Michele S. Moses
“Are Ballot Initiatives a Just way to Make Public Policy?”
Oct. 29: Brian Talbot
Nov. 5: Adam Hosein
"Doing, Allowing, and the State"
Dec. 3: Ajume Wingo
"The Politics of the Apolitics of Racism"
All Talks 12:00-12:50
in the Center (HLMS 269)
Jan 29: Prof. Claudia Mills
Feb 5: Prof. Alison Jaggar
"Hearts Starve As Well As Bodies: Leisure As an Indicator of Agency and Wellbeing"
Feb 12: Prof. David Boonin
"The Non-Comparative Account of Harm"
Feb 19: Prof. Ben Hale
"Nonrenewable Resources and the Inevitability of Outcomes"
Feb 26: Heather Roff (PoliSci)
"Kant's Permissive Law: A Principle for the Perplexed"
Mar 5: Cory Aragon
“Situating Responsibility for Global Justice”
Mar 12: Christian Lee
“A Trivial Organic Unity?”
Apr 2: Dr. Uri Leibowitz
"What is Friendship?"
Apr 9: Prof. Alastair Norcross
Apr 16: Prof. Steve Vanderheiden (PoliSci)
"The Ethics of Free Riding"
Apr 23: Michaela McSweeney
Feb 13: Prof. David Boonin
"Why I Hate Hate Speech Codes (But Still Don’t Hate Hate Crime Laws)"
Feb 20: Prof. Michael Zimmerman
"Rapture of the Nerds: The (allegedly) coming technological 'Singularity'"
Feb 27: Prof. Eric Chwang
"On the Moral Force of Coerced Promises"
Mar 6: Prof. Dan Kaufman
"Sinful Actions and Sinfulness"
Mar 13: Christian Lee
"Basic Evaluative Properties"
Mar 20: Prof. Ben Hale
"Carbon Sequestration, Ocean Fertilization, and the Problem of Permissible Pollution"
Apr 3: Prof. Matt Tedesco (Beloit College, CU PhD)
"Harm, Consent, and Practical Joking"
Apr 10: Prof. Alison Jaggar
"The Philosophical Challenges of Global Gender Justice"
Apr 17: Dan Demetriou
"Honor: The Ethic for Real Men?"
Apr 24: Prof. Mike Huemer
"Is There a Right to Immigrate?"
Sept 4: Prof. Chris Heathwood
"Moral and Epistemic Open Question Arguments"
Sep. 11: Prof. Claudia Mills
Sept. 18: Prof. Eric Chwang
"Consent and Cluster Randomization"
Sept. 25: Scott Wisor
"Philosophical Reflections on Sudan Activism"
Oct 2: Prof. Alastair Norcross
"Fetishism and Deontology"
Oct 9: Dr. Jason Wyckoff
"Why Political Legitimacy Entails Political Obligations"
Oct 16: Prof. Brad Monton
"Against Multiverse Theodicies"
Oct 23: Prof. Rob Rupert
"Against Group Mental States"
Oct 30: Dr. Ryan Mott
"Why Political Legitimacy Doesn't Necessarily Entail Political Obligations"
Nov 6: Barrett Emerick
"Kantian Ethics and the Puzzle about People in Great Need"
Nov 13: Amandine Catala
"Is There a Right to Secede?"
Nov 20: Tom Metcalf
"Empirical Ethical Intuitionism"
Dec 11: Pamela Lomelino
"Why Relational Autonomy Is Better Than Traditional Accounts of Autonomy"
Prof. Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)
“Ethical Vegetarianism: Feminist Requirement or Patriarchal Burden?
Prof. Alastair Norcross
“Euthanasia and Self-Defense”
“What Moral Intuitions Are”
Prof. Claudia Mills
“Stigma and Openness”
“The Modern Corporation as Moral Agent”
“Privatization, Democracy, and Public Goods”
Prof. David Boonin
“What’s Wrong with Racial Profiling?”
Dr. Michael Peirce
“It’s Not My Concern: Singer and Plato, Rules, Roles, and Social Organization”
Prof. Chris Heathwood
“Desire-Based Theories of Welfare, of Pleasure, and of Reasons”
Prof. Gordon Finlayson (University of Sussex)
"Not Much Ado about Habermas and Rawls"
Prof. Eric Chwang
Prof. Neera Badhwar (University of Oklahoma)
"Is Realism Really Good for You? A Realistic Response"
Sept 5: Ajume Wingo
"Trustees of Themselves: A New Framework for Human Rights"
Sept 12: Harry Platanakis (University of London)
"Aristotle on Political Participation"
Sept 19: Jason Wyckoff
"Can Gratitude Serve as a Basis of Political Obligation?"
Sept 25: Dr. Uri Leibowitz
"Particularism in Aristotle's Ethics"
Oct 10: Prof. Eric Chwang
"Three Ways of Speaking and the Futility of Coerced Promises"
Oct 17: Prof. Chris Heathwood
“Could Morality Have a Source?"
Oct 24: Prof. Alastair Norcross
"Intentions, Character, and Consequentialism"
Oct 31: Ryan Mott
"Reviving Weber's Ghost: Attitudinal Accounts of State Legitimacy"
Nov 14: Prof. Brad Monton
"Should Intelligent Design Be Taught in School?"
Nov 21: Kendy Hess
“The Metaphysics of Corporate Agency"
Dec 5: Prof. David Boonin
“Why I Don’t Hate Hate Crime Laws”
Dec 12: Jason Hanna
"Ulysses Contracts and the Relevance of Consent"
Sep 7: Dr. Jackie Colby
“Health Disparities, Ethics, and the HPV Vaccine”
Sep 14: Prof. Alison Jaggar
“Ideal Theory versus Critical Theory: Comparing the Philosophical Methods of John Rawls and Iris Marion Young”
Sep 21: Prof. Chris Heathwood
“Desire-Based Theories of Welfare and the Possibility of Self-Sacrifice”
Sep 28: Jason Hanna
“How Soft Is Soft Paternalism?”
Oct 12: Prof. Philip Cafaro (CSU)
“The Environmental Argument for Reducing Immigration into the United States”
Oct 26: Prof. Alastair Norcross
“Utility, Determinism, and Possibility”
Oct 29: Prof. Mariam Thalos (Utah)
“Risk and Resources”
Nov 2: Cindy Scheopner
“Creating God: Mormon Metaphysics and the Politics of Polygamy”
Nov 9: Prof. Steve Vanderheiden (CU Poli Sci)
“Justice and Global Climate Change”
Nov 16: Prof. Claudia Mills
”Fathers and Mothers”
Prof. Eric Chwang
“Justice, Development, and Just Development: An Institutional Approach to Analyzing Development”