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Conference: Normative Significance of Cognitive Science

Venue: St Hugh's College, Saint Margaret's Road, Oxford OX2 6LE

Dates: 17th & 18th July 2012



Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton University)
Stephen Darwall (Yale University) (to be confirmed)
Antti Kauppinen (Trinity College Dublin)
Regina Rini (University of Oxford)
Maureen Sie (Erasmus University)
Alex Voorhoeve (London School of Economics)
Liane Young (Boston College)


What is the relationship between normative ethics and scientific research on moral judgment and decision-making? What potential is there for drawing ethical implications from such empirical investigations? While questions in this area have received considerable attention lately, the discussion so far has been largely dominated by two opposing scepticisms: scepticism about the relevance of empirical research to ethics, and scepticism about the value of ‘traditional’ moral theory. This workshop aims to go beyond such outright scepticism by investigating different ways in which empirical research might impact on normative ethics. The focus will be on philosophical reflection, whether critical or constructive, rather than on simply showcasing the latest scientific research.

Conference organisers:  Regina Rini and Guy Kahane.


For further details see:
Conference web page:  Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

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