St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

cfa: Naturalisms in Ethics

Thursday July 14th- Friday July 15th, 2011 at the University of Auckland


‘Naturalism’ is a multiply ambiguous term—hence the title Naturalisms in Ethics— but it is related to a range of questions concerning the relationship of morality to science, evolution, biology, religion, and natural properties (whatever those are). Many otherwise disparate moral theories have been labeled as ethical naturalisms, including virtue ethics (both neo-Aristotelian and neo-Humean), moral functionalism, Cornell realism, and natural law theories. Some potential paper topics include the following (but the list is hardly exhaustive):

  • What are the different types of ethical naturalism?
  • Why should we endorse/reject ethical naturalism or some specific version thereof?
  • What can science or evolution tell us about morality, moral psychology, or the rationality of moral judgments?
  • Are naturalistic accounts of morality better off than theistic ones?
Committed speakers include:

Abstract Submission: The deadline is May 1st 15th, 2011.  The theme of the conference is to be interpreted very broadly, so feel free to submit an abstract even if you aren’t sure if it relates to the theme. The abstracts should be about 200-300 words. You will have 25-30 minutes for presentation and 25 minutes for questions. Submissions should be sent by email to Chris Tucker (c.tucker [at] Please use the subject line “NEC Submission.” Expect a decision within two weeks of your submission.

Payment details

The standard conference fees are $100.  A discounted rate of $40 is available for graduate students, those without full-time academic posts, and those who have paid the registration fees for the 2011 APRA conference (see below for more details about APRA).  The NEC and APRA conferences will have a joint conference dinner on Friday night, which is an additional $50.  There is only one dinner for two conferences, so please only pay for the dinner once.  More details about the dinner will be provided later. 

To pay, go to and pay the relevant amount to  In the order number box, you can put "NEC Fees".  The easiest way to do this is to click on the relevant link in the below table.

  without dinner with dinner
Standard Rate 100 AUD 150 AUD
Discounted Rate 40 AUD 90 AUD
Dinner N/A 50 AUD

2011 APRA Conference

The Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association is holding its annual conference immediately following the NEC. You are welcome to submit an abstract for that conference as well. Confirmed speakers include Trent Dougherty (Baylor University), John Hare, Mark Murphy, Charles Pigden, and Erik Wielenberg. For further details, visit the APRA Conference website.  For questions about either conference, please contact Chris at (c.tucker [at]

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