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the eighth 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 6-9, 2015


The Center for Values and Social Policy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder is pleased to announce the eigth 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).



Richard J. Arneson (UCSD)

Shelly Kagan (Yale)

Nancy Sherman (Georgetown)


For more information on speakers and schedule, click the links below:


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For more information on other papers and speakers, see our info on past iterations of RoME by navigating using buttons to the left.



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Program begins: 12:00 PM, August 6

Program ends: 6:00 PM, August 9



Submission of abstracts: Feb 15, 2015.  
Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2015 or thereabouts.


Full paper submission for Young Ethicist Prize Consideration: June 15, 2015.


Submission Instructions: Abstracts only (750-1000 words).  Shorter or longer abstracts will not be accepted. Double spaced, prepared for blind-review. Please submit abstracts electronically (in Word format) both to Benjamin Hale ( and Alastair Norcross ( If you do not receive confirmation from one of us within a few days, please resend your submission.


Contacts/Organizers of RoME


Benjamin Hale (
Alastair Norcross (

Grad Student Research Assistant:
Paul Bowman (

Alumni Assistants:
Ryan Jenkins (
Duncan Purves (


Registration (to cover receptions and keynotes):

$150 faculty, $85 students




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.

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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:

There are many things to do in Boulder, from hiking and mountain biking to eating and drinking at many of our local establishments. A comprehensive list of restaurants can be found here. A map of our local craft brewery scene can be found here. Before you arrive it may help to peruse the offerings and plan out your stay. Please ask any one of the local Boulderite participants if you have questions about a particular establishment.



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