The Second Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress


Eaton Humanities Building

August 6-9, 2009

University of Colorado, Boulder


The Center for Values and Social Policy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder is pleased to present the second annual RoME congress. 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. The prize competition is open to any participating untenured philosopher (including, but not limited to, tenure-track faculty, instructors, and graduate students).


Keynote speakers:

Speaker 1: Judith Jarvis Thomson (MIT)

Speaker 2: Don Marquis (Kansas)

Speaker 3: Shelly Kagan (Yale)


Papers and Posters:
Read the list of Participants and/or the Abstracts.
Full papers are also now up online.
For session times, peruse the 2009 Program.


Program begins: 1:00 PM, August 6
Program ends: 6:00 PM, August 9



On-Line Registration is now closed.
Registration is also available on-site after 11:30 am, Thursday:


$135 non-student/$75 student.
Registration permits registrant to join conference participants at receptions and to partake of refreshments during the day. Alcoholic beverages will be served.
NOTE: those with a CU-Boulder ID do not need to register.



Benjamin Hale (
Alastair Norcross (
Uri Leibowitz (

Grad Student/Research Assistant:
Duncan Purves (


Full paper submission for Young Ethicist Prize: June 1, 2009. (Announcement of a winner will be made at the event.)
Full papers to commentators: June 15.


Main Papers: 30 minutes or 4500 words, whichever is shorter
Comments: 10-15 minutes
Q&A: Remaining Time
Session Length: 75 minutes total
Poster Presentations: Approx two hours
Size: Approx. 38" x 46"


Travel to Boulder:
Apart from renting a car, there are several easy travel options available for those flying into DIA.  

Hotel Information:
We have approximately 108 blocked rooms at local hotels, though Boulder has a range of other accommodation options. Be sure to check a map for your hotel location, as some are not within (reasonable) walking distance of the University. 

Things to do in Boulder:

More information coming soon. In the meantime, here are some points of interest that we recommend. We strongly recommend printing out this map or enlarging to view the full map. Please note that there are many more restaurants and bars than those listed on the Googlemap. (A comprehensive list of restaurants can be found at the downtown boulder website.) Our list is aimed to give participants in the RoME conference a few tips about where to head for drinks and dinner after the plenaries.