Virtue Ethics & The Ends of Moral Action Roma Tre University, September 29 - October 1, 2022
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
-James Arthur (Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues) -Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame) -Claudia Navarini (European University, Rome) -Dan Russell (University of Arizona) - Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota)
Call for Abstracts
What is the goal of the moral actions we perform? This question has always played a central role in moral philosophy, and it is still the locus of vibrant discussions. Within a virtue ethical perspective, the ends of moral actions are strictly related to the exercise of virtuous character traits, but virtue ethicists still disagree about how to define the achievement of a virtuous life. Should we conceive of it in terms of flourishing, happiness, or well-being? Or should we find other ways to identify proper targets of virtuous actions? Are virtues even necessary to perform moral actions? The conference aims at bringing together philosophers interested in the topic of moral action and its ends from a variety of perspectives, with a particular focus on the relationship between ends, flourishing, and the character traits we need to achieve them. Alongside the import of virtue ethics, the conference explores how other ethical, historical, psychological, and educational approaches can contribute to addressing this topic.
To date, confirmed keynote speakers include: - James Arthur (Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues) - Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame) - Claudia Navarini (European University, Rome) - Dan Russell (University of Arizona) - Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota)
With the aim of including as many contributions as possible, the conference will be structured around plenary sessions and parallel sessions with the contributed papers selected by double-blind review. The contributed papers should last 30 minutes (presentation + discussion). Abstracts of 300-500 words (references included), prepared for blind refereeing, should be sent as email attachments to email@example.com
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following questions:
- What is the relation between efficient cause and final cause in the explanations of moral actions? - What role, if any, should the good or flourishing life play in a virtue-ethical theory? - Is eudaimonism a tenable account, or should its prominence be downsized in favor of rival approaches (agent-based, target-centered, exemplarist)? - How should we understand the relationship between flourishing, well-being, and happiness? - How can the ends of different virtues be identified, and/or related to the final end of leading a flourishing life? - Can virtuous ends guide actions and provide criteria to morally assess them? - What role does practical wisdom play in leading a virtuous life? - What role do non-ethical virtues (intellectual, civic, aesthetic) play in leading a flourishing life? - What is the relation between personal flourishing and the flourishing of a community? What are its political implications? - Should flourishing be the aim of education? - Which insights does the history of philosophy provide us with in order to address the questions regarding flourishing and virtuous ends? - Can we offer a naturalistically acceptable account of the notions of practical wisdom, virtues, character, and moral goals that are central to virtue theory?
Scientific Committee Sofia Bonicalzi, Angelo Campodonico, Michel Croce, Mario De Caro, Michele Mangini, Claudia Navarini, Maria Silvia Vaccarezza
Important Dates: Deadline for submissions: May 30, 2022 Communication of acceptance: June 15, 2022 Accepted abstracts will be available online before the conference. For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Conference webpage.
The language of the conference will be English. The conference will be held in person if conditions allow.
Participation in the conference is subject to a registration fee, which includes lunch on September 29 and 30, plus coffee and tea on both days. The “social” registration includes also the social dinner on September 29. Bank account details to pay the conference fee and deadlines for registration will be provided in due course.