domingo, 20 de maio de 2012

Moral Motivation: Evidence and Relevance

Gothenburg, Sweden, May 18 – 20, 2012

Invited speakers

 • James Dreier • Jeanette Kennett • Jesse Prinz • Michael Ridge • Michael Smith • Sigrún Svavarsdóttir • Jon Tresan • Nick Zangwill

Conference Theme
The relation between moral judgments and moral motivation is a central issue in moral philosophy. According to a basic version of motivational internalism, making a moral judgment implies being motivated to act accordingly, at least under normal circumstances. The truth of motivational internalism is highly contested, and is often taken to have implications for the nature of moral emotions and moral judgments, the meaning of normative terms, and the possibility of objective truths and knowledge in morality.

During the last two decades, various new forms of motivational internalism have raised questions both about possible sources of evidence for and against internalist views, and about the metaethical relevance of a defensible version of internalism. Some forms seem to be straightforward empirical claims, making traditional a priori arguments for or against internalism suspect; other forms make it unclear how internalism would favor moral anti-realism over realism.

The conference Moral Motivation: Evidence and Relevance brings together senior and junior scholars working both on issues of evidence and issues of relevance.

Conference venue: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Address: Olof Wijksgatan 6, Gothenburg.

Duration: The conference lasts for three days: Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20, starting Friday morning (approximately 8.15 AM) and ending Sunday evening (approximately 18.30 PM).

Registration fee: 360 SEK (approximately $55 or €40). The fee covers refreshments and three lunches.
Conference dinner (Saturday, May 19): 500 SEK (approximately $75 or €55).
Registration fee, including three lunches and refreshments, plus conference dinner: 860 SEK (approximately $130 or €95).

Last day of registration: May 1.

To register, please email:

In your email, please indicate if you want to join the conference dinner and, if so, whether you have any particular preferences (e.g. vegan) or allergies.
When we have received your email, you will get the details regarding payment.

Details of the conference, including program and abstracts, will shortly be available at:

• Gunnar Björnsson (Umeå University and University of Gothenburg): Practicality versus Absolutist Cognitivism
• James Dreier (Brown University): Can Reasons Fundamentalism Answer the Normative Question?
• Daniel Eggers (University of Cologne): Strong motivational internalism and Hume’s lesson
• Antti Kauppinen (Trinity College, Dublin): Internalism About Intuitions, Externalism About Judgments
• Jeanette Kennett (Macquarie University): Moral Motivation and Its Impairments: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches
• Kate Manne (Harvard Society of Fellows): Tempered Internalism and Practical Identification
• John Mumm (Fordham University): Two Functions of Moral Language: Rethinking the Amoralist
• John Park (Duke University): The Motivational Judgment Internalism/Externalism Debate & Methodological Naturalism
• Jesse Prinz (CUNY): An Empirical Case for Emotionally Based Internalism
• Michael Ridge (University of Edinburgh): Internalism: Cui Bono?
• Michael Smith (Princeton University): Moral Judgements, Judgements about Reasons, and Motivations
• Sigrún Svavarsdóttir (Ohio State University): Detecting Value with Motivational Responses
• Teemu Toppinen (University of Helsinki): Pure Expressivism and Practical Reason
• Jon Tresan (UNC Chapel Hill): Objective Moral Realism & The Role-Individuation of Moral Judgments
• Ariela Tubert (University of Puget Sound): Reasons Internalism and Sound Advice
• Nick Zangwill (Durham University): Essence, Agent-Causation and Motivational Externalism

The conference is organized by the MMER project and the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg. It is sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundations. For further information about the MMER project, please go to:

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