April 22-23, 2016 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Conference Program
Friday, April 22
Great Plains Center, 6th Floor

9:00-9:20     COFFEE AND BAGELS
Speaker: Sigrún Svavarsdóttir (Tufts)
        "The Rationality of Ends"
Chair:Daniel Wodak (Princeton)

Speaker: Amelia Hicks (Kansas State), 
        "Moral Uncertainty and Moral Fetishism"
Chair: Alida Liberman (Western Ontario) 

12:35-2:30 LUNCH BREAK

Speaker: Barry Maguire (North Carolina), 
        "There are no Reasons for Attitudes"
Chair: Avery Archer (George Washington)

Speaker: Stephen Darwall (Yale), 
        "What Are Moral Reasons?"
Chair: Caroline Arruda (Texas - El Paso)

7:00    CONFERENCE BANQUET (Great Plains Center)

Saturday, April 23
Architecture Hall, Room 127

9:00-9:20     COFFEE AND BAGELS
Speaker: Sarah McGrath (Princeton),
        "How Do Levels of Generality Matter for Philosophical Theorizing?"
Chair: Andrew Sepielli (Toronto)

Speaker: Jonathan Drake (Texas),
        "False Reasons, Fine Explanations"
Chair: Luca Ferrero (Wisconsin - Milwaukee)

12:35-2:30 LUNCH BREAK

Speaker: Chris Howard (Arizona),
        "The Fundamentality of Fit"
Chair: Derek Shiller (Nebraska - Omaha)

Speaker: Michael Bratman (Stanford),
        "The Rational Dynamics of Planning Agency"
Chair: TBA

8:00     PARTY (Mark's House)


To register for the conference, please send an email to nebraskaphilosophyconference@gmail.com stating that you plan on attending. There's no fee to attend.  


We've reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott in Lincoln's historic Haymarket District, which is a short walk to the University.  The group rate is $114+tax.  Reservations at the group rate must be made by 3/31/16.  You can reserve a room by calling 402-904-4800, or 1-877-699-3214.  Please tell them that you're with the UNL Philosophy Conference Group in order to receive the group rate. 

Getting Here:

 You can fly into Lincoln Airport (LNK), which is 4.8 miles (approximately a 10 minute drive) from the Courtyard Marriott.  Estimated taxi fare is $19 one way.  The Courtyard Marriott also offers complimentary, on request, Airport Shuttle Service to and from LNK.  (Call 402-904-4800 when you land.  Look for the yellow and green Marriott shuttle.  Wait times could be around 10 minutes.)

Another option is to fly into Omaha's Eppley Airfield (OMA), which is 62 miles (approximately a 60 minute drive) from the Courtyard Marriott in Lincoln.  Transportation by car or van between Omaha and Lincoln can be arranged through OMALiNK, which usually runs around $50 one-way.


If you have a disability that may require accommodation in order to present a paper, follow the presentations, or otherwise fully participate in the conference please let us know, preferably several months before the conference so that we can make suitable arrangements.


The plan is to have 4 talks on each day of the conference (Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23), with each talk running for an hour and a half (45 minutes for presentation; 45 minutes for Q&A).  We'll start up around 9:30a.m.  On Friday night, there will be a conference banquet, and on Saturday night, we'll have dinner at a restaurant, followed by a party at Mark's house.  A detailed schedule will be posted here once the program is selected.  

Call for Papers (Fall 2015):

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln is hosting a conference on Practical Reason and Metaethics as part of its annual Robert R. Chambers conference series.  The invited speakers on the conference program are:

            Michael Bratman (Stanford)

            Stephen Darwall (Yale)

            Sarah McGrath (Princeton)

            Sigrún Svavarsdóttir (Tufts)

The remaining four papers on the conference program will be selected though an anonymous review of submissions.  For each paper selected, the Department will contribute up to $800 to cover the travel and accommodations of the authors.  (We will also invite people to chair sessions, but unfortunately do not have funds available to cover their travel or accommodations.)

Please submit both a full paper suitable for a 45-minute presentation (approximately 5,000-6,000 words, by our estimate) and a medium-length abstract (approximately 300-500 words) on any topic within the domain of practical reason and metaethics.  Please ensure that the paper and abstract are formatted and redacted for anonymous review.  Papers and abstracts should be sent to nebraskaphilosophyconference@gmail.com.  (To assure anonymity please do not submit them to John or Mark.)  We will get back to you with a decision by the end of January at the latest.   Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015.

Questions about the conference can be directed to its organizers, John Brunero (jbrunero2@unl.edu) and Mark van Roojen (mvr@unl.edu).  (If you have a question that could potentially compromise the anonymous review procedure, please direct it to nebraskaphilosophyconference@gmail.com.)