The Ninth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress

an international conference geared to offer the highest quality, highest altitude discussion of ethics, broadly conceived

University of Colorado, Boulder

August 11-14, 2016

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The Center for Values and Social Policy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder is pleased to invite paper proposals for the ninth 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 1: Nomy Arpaly (Brown University)

Keynote 2: David Brink (UCSD)

Keynote 3: Lawrence Blum (UMass, Boston)

Pre-RoME Symposium on Affirmative Action and Higher Education

This special event will take place on the evening before the start of RoME and will feature five philosophers who have published important work on the subject and who represent a broad range of views on this philosophically complex and practically significant issue. The featured panelists will be:

The event will take place from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in HUMN 150 on Wednesday, August 10. We strongly encourage RoME participants to arrive in Boulder in time to attend this special event.


Submission of abstracts: February 15, 2016.
Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2016
Full paper submission for Young Ethicist Prize Consideration: June 1, 2016.
We are running slightly behind on review of abstracts. Decisions should be made the week of May 15.


Abstracts only (750-1000 words). Shorter or longer abstracts will not be accepted. Double spaced, prepared for blind-review. (Anticipate full papers at half-hour reading time or 4500 words, whichever is shorter.)

In order to be considered for the Young Ethicist Prize, complete papers must be submitted by June 1, 2016 and abstracts must have already been accepted for participation.
Announcement of a winner will be made at the event.

Indicate in your submission whether you would consider being a commentator on another paper, should your paper not be accepted to the conference for presentation.

Please submit abstracts electronically (in Word format) to Benjamin Hale and Alastair Norcross.