Ways of Knowing In Ethics

June 22-23, 2018 at Harbour Centre in Downtown Vancouver (room 2945)

All talks held in Room 2945, Harbour Centre, 555 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N4 .

Full schedule:

Friday, June 22, 2018:

9:00-9:30 Continental Breakfast

9:30 AM-11:00 AM: Regina Rini (York), “Contingency Inattention: Against Causal Debunking in Ethics”

11:15-12:45: Matt Bedke (UBC), “Are Non-Naturalists Irrational or Immoral?”

12:45-2:00 PM: Lunch

2:00 PM-3:30 PM: Asia Ferrin (American University), “I Could Not Have Done Otherwise: Value Guided-Automaticity in Moral Action”

3:30-4:00: Coffee Break

4:00-5:30: Jamie Dreier (Brown), “Practical Thoughts in Theoretic Reasoning”

Saturday, June 23, 2018:

9:00-9:30 Continental Breakfast

9:30 AM-11 AM: Christine Tappolet (Montreal), “Affective Knowledge in Ethics”

11:15-12:45: Michael Bruckner (Oxford), “The Myth of the Given Advice: Towards Eliminativism about Doxastic Moral Deference”

12:45-2 PM: Lunch

2 PM-3:30 PM: Victor Kumar (Boston University), "The Weight of Empathy"

3:30-4:00 Coffee Break

4:00-6:00 Keynote, Sarah McGrath (Princeton), TBA



Ways of Knowing in Ethics is a two-day conference on moral epistemology. We aim to host talks on a wide variety of topics related to the notion of ethical knowledge. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Do the emotions play a role in the acquisition and transmission of moral knowledge, and if so, how?
  • Should we be puzzled by the phenomenon of moral testimony?
  • Do various forms of moral skepticism (arising from evolution, psychology, disagreement or metaphysics) succeed?
  • In what sense can agents be culpable for moral ignorance?
  • Can we retain a plausible and realistic notion of moral reasoning, especially In light of the rise of neo-sentimentalism in moral psychology?
  • What role do aesthetic products (literature, music, visual art) play in the acquisition and transmission of moral knowledge?
  • What positive contribution(s) can figures in the history of philosophy make to these debates?