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the fourth annual

Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress


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

Eaton Humanities Building

University of Colorado, Boulder

August 4-7, 2011

with a special pre-conference symposium on Aug 3


The Center for Values and Social Policy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder is pleased to announce the fourth annual RoME congress. 



Dale Jamieson (NYU)**
Cheshire Calhoun (Arizona State)
Stephen Darwall (Yale)


Program begins: 1:00 PM, August 4

Program ends: 6:00 PM, August 7


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*This year, there will also be a special one-day symposium on August 3, so plan to come a day early. Click the link for more information.*


Contacts/Organizers of RoME


Benjamin Hale (
Alastair Norcross (

Grad Student/Research Assistant:
Duncan Purves (




Full paper submission for Young Ethicist Prize: June 15, 2011.
(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 80 minutes

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. Find more information here.

Hotel Information:

We have approximately 108 blocked rooms at local hotels, though Boulder has a range of other accommodation options. Find more information here. 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 here.) 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. For short explanations of each establishment and why we recommend it to you, click HERE:


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Judith Jarvis Thomson’s “A Defense of Abortion”

After Forty Years
A Critical Appreciation

August 3, 2011


Judith Jarvis Thomson’s seminal article “A Defense of Abortion” was first published in 1971.  It has since become one of the most widely taught, widely reprinted, and widely discussed papers in contemporary moral philosophy.  To mark the fortieth anniversary of its initial publication, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado is pleased to announce a symposium devoted to a critical examination of Thomson’s famous article.  The event will take place on the early evening of Wednesday, August 3, 2011, the day before the start of RoME 2011. 


For more information, click here.


Participants will include:


Francis Beckwith (Baylor University)
David Boonin (University of Colorado)
John Martin Fischer (University of California, Riverside)
Don Marquis (University of Kansas)



*The Thomson Symposium is made possible by funding from the Kayden Fund at the University of Colorado and the Society for Applied Philosophy. 


**Special thanks to the Collins Endowment Fund for supporting the Think! talks. 


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