The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica University - Ethics & Public Policy Newsletter - September 2017

The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica University - Ethics & Public Policy Newsletter - September 2017

Ethics & Public Policy Newsletter

Issue 15, September 2017

The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica College

  1. Introduction
  2. Upcoming Events at the Applied Ethics Institute at Utica College
  3. Upcoming Conferences
  4. Recent or Forthcoming Publications
  5. Journal Special Issues & Calls for Papers
  6. Fellowships and Courses


The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica College organizes an annual colloquium series, policy working groups, and conferences, under the direction of Christopher A. Riddle.

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The following colloquia will take place this fall at The Applied Ethics Institute:

October 26 - Ryan Muldoon, SUNY Buffalo
“The Paradox of Diversity”

At 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 26, 2017, Professor Ryan Muldoon will give a public lecture titled "The Paradox of Diversity". The talk will be hosted hosted in Carbone Auditorium on Utica College's campus at 1600 Burrstone Rd., Utica, NY.

Professor Muldoon will argue that the empirical literature on diversity in groups points in two opposite directions. First, diversity makes us notably better off and improves group performance in a number of contexts. Second, we don't like being in diverse groups, and we think we do worse in them. He suggests that the core tension is that part of what makes diversity good for us is that friction that it creates. We have an apparent trade-off between social welfare and individual well-being. He argues that this can be mitigated by greater investment in Millian autonomy, but that we still face the issue of how we can make people pay that upfront cost for something they don't like in the first place, with only a promise of benefits later.

November 30 - Serife Tekin, Daemen College
“Grief, Depression, and Justice in Mental Health Care”

At 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 30, 2017, Professor Serife Tekin will give a public lecture titled "Grief, Depression, and Justice in Mental Health Care". The talk will be hosted hosted in Carbone Auditorium on Utica College's campus at 1600 Burrstone Rd., Utica, NY.

Professor Tekin notes that in the latest edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the DSM-5, the bereavement exclusion criterion has been removed from the diagnostic criteria for a Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Thus, the DSM-5 now individuates grief-related emotional struggles following a significant loss as MDD, by highlighting their similar symptoms. The controversial debate on whether to remove the bereavement exclusion from the DSM’s depression criteria has mostly focused on whether depression and grief related distress are in fact distinct. In this talk, she uses a different argument to address the problems inherent in this change. Even if we assume that there is no meaningful difference between the properties of grief-related distress and depression, evaluating the two on a par presents ethical challenges in the just addressing the needs of persons going through grief.


Event: Ethics and Political, Social and Legal Annual Conference
Host: University of Michigan-Flint
Date: 16-17 November, 2017
Submission Deadline: 1 October, 2017

Event: 3rd Speculative Ethics Forum
Host: St. John’s University, New York
Speaker: Michael Smith
Date: 18 November, 2017
Submission Deadline: 15 October, 2017

Event: Human Enhancement and Evolution
Host: Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL)
Date: 13-14 December, 2017
Submission Deadline: 20 October, 2017

Event: The Good Society and its Limits: Contemporary Challenges to Ethico-Political Legitimation and Grounding
Host: Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, Poland
Date: 14 December, 2017
Submission Deadline: 15 October, 2017

Event: Cultural Appropriation
Host: University of Leeds and Newcastle University
Date: 18 December, 2017
Submission Deadline: 1 October, 2017

Event: The Ethics of Migration beyond the Immigrant-Host State Nexus
Host: European University Institute San Deomenico di Fiesole, Italy
Speakers: Michael Blake, Valeria Ottonelli, David Owen, Matthew Gibney, Ayelet Schachar, Rainer Baubock
Date: 11-12 January 2018
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2017

Event: God, Virtue, and Moral Absolutes: Anscombe's "Modern Moral Philosophy" at 60
Host: University of Notre Dame
Date: 21-23 January, 2018
Submission Deadline: 1 October, 2017

Event: III Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy
Host: University of Minho, Portugal
Speaker: Avishai Margalit
Date: 1-2 February, 2018
Submission Deadline: 15 November, 2017

Event: 2018 Princeton Workshop in Social Philosophy
Host: Princeton University
Speaker: Serene J. Khader
Date: 17-18 February, 2018
Submission Deadline: 6 October, 2017

Event: Third Annual Conference of The Mudd Journal of Ethics
Host: Roger Mudd Center for Ethics, Washington and Lee University
Date: 10-11 March 2018
Submission Deadline: 31 December, 2017

Event: An Ethics for ‘Moral Strangers’: Fence Crossing or Fence Mending?
Host: University of Graz, Austria
Speakers: Robert Audi, John Drummond, Sara Heinamaa
Date: 13-14 March, 2018
Submission Deadline: 1 December, 2017

Event: Great Lakes Philosophy Conference: Ethics in Theory and Practice
Host: Siena Heights University and Adrian College
Speaker: Geoffrey Sayre-McCord
Date: 6-8 April, 2018
Submission Deadline: 5 December, 2017

Event: Princeton University Graduate Conference in Political Theory
Host: Princeton University
Speaker: Amy Allen
Date: 13-14 April, 2018
Submission Deadline: 10 December, 2017

Event: Evolution & Moral Epistemology
Host: Utrecht University
Date: 18-20 April, 2018
Submission Deadline: 31 October, 2017

Event: Methods in Applied Ethics
Host: Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU
Date: 19-20 April, 2018
Submission Deadline: 15 January, 2018

Event: 2018 Workshop in Philosophy and Poverty: Poverty and the Family
Host: Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, Austria
Speaker: Jonathan Wolff
Date: 17-18 May, 2018
Submission Deadline: 15 December, 2017

Event: A World United: Allies in Ethical Development
Host: GRETHA - Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique & Appliquée & IDEA - International Development Ethics Association avenue Léon Duguit, France
Date: 25-27 June, 2018
Submission Deadline: 1 December, 2017

Event: Lost Voices at the Foundations of Ethics
Host: University of Washington, Seattle
Date: 23-24, August 2018
Submission Deadline: 15 December, 2017



Adkins, Brent (2017). “A Guide to Ethics and Moral Philosophy” (Oxford University Press). $24.95

Avishai, Margalit (2017). “On Betrayal” (Harvard University Press). $26.95

Balint, Peter (2017). “Respecting Toleration: Traditional Liberalism and Contemporary Diversity” (Oxford University Press). $80.00

Bejan, Teresa (2017). “Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration” (Harvard University Press). $45.00

Bowie, Norman (2017). “Business Ethics: A Kantian Perspective” (Cambridge University Press). Price is not yet set.

Carty, Anthony (2017). “Philosophy of International Law” (Oxford University Press). $44.95

Darr, Judith (2017). “The New Eugenics” (Yale University Press). $40.00

During, Elie (2017). “Philosophising By Accident: Interviews with Elie During” (Oxford University Press). $120.00

Ellis, Fiona (2017). “God, Value, and Nature” (Oxford University Press). $29.95

Formosa, Paul (2017). “Kantian Ethics, Dignity, and Perfection” (Cambridge University Press). $99.99

Grayling, A. C. (2017). “War: An Enquiry” (Yale University Press). $26.00

Greasley, Kate, and Christopher Kaczor (2017). “Abortion Rights: For and Against” (Cambridge University Press) $29.99

Grobien, Gifford (2018). “Ethical Formation in Christian Worship: Righteous and Holy in Christ” (Oxford University Press). $90.00

MacIntyre, Alasdair (2017). “Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity: An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning, and Narrative” (Cambridge University Press). Price is not yet set.

Margalit, Avishai (2017). “On Betrayal” (Harvard University Press). $26.95
(Oxford University Press). $85.00

Quigley, Muireann (2018). “Self-Ownership, Property Rights, and the Human Body” (Cambridge University Press). $125.00

Ramelli, Ilaria (2017). “Social Justice and the Legitimacy of Slavery: The Role of Philosophical Asceticism from Ancient Judaism to Late Antiquity” (Oxford University Press). $99.00

Riddle, Christopher A. (2017). “Human Rights, Disability, and Capabilities” (Palgrave Macmillan). $54.99

Rondel, David (2018). “Pragmatist Egalitarianism” (Oxford University Press). $85.00

Sen, Amartya (2017). “Collective Choice and Social Welfare: An Expanded Edition” (Harvard University Press). $35.00

Sheinman, Hanoch (2019). “Promise, Obligation, Agreement: An Essay in Social Philosophy” (Oxford University Press). $65.00

Singer, Peter (2017). “One World Now: The Ethics of Globalization” (Yale University Press). $16.00

Sypnowich, Christine (2017). “Equality Renewed: Justice, Flourishing, and the Egalitarian Ideal” (Routledge). $145.00

Tebbe, Nelson (2017). “Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age” (Harvard University Press). $39.95

Tessman, Lisa (2017). “When Doing the Right Thing is Impossible” (Oxford University Press). $21.95

Timothy, Williamson (2017). “Tetralogue: I’m Right, You’re Wrong” (Oxford University Press). $14.95

Watson, Katie (2018). “Scarlet A.: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion” (Oxford University Press). $29.95


Journal: Philosophical Quaterly
Issue: What is effective altruism?
Deadline: 1 November, 2017

Book: Animals and Business Ethics
Editor: Natalie Thomas
Deadline: 30 November, 2017

Journal: Journal of Hospital Ethics
Issue: general
Deadline: ongoing

Journal: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Issue: The Good, the Beautiful, the Green: Environmentalism and Aesthetics
Deadline: 31 December, 2017


Summer Seminar: Character and the Morally Exceptional: Empirical Discoveries and Moral Improvement
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