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Dublin Postgraduate Philosophy Conference 2016

pg-2015The philosophy departments of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin are hosting the annual Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference. The keynote speakers will be Dr Ralf Bader from the University of Oxford and Dr Alice Pinheiro Walla from Trinity College Dublin. This conference's theme is 'Kant, Metaethics and Value', and it aims to explore questions on the subject of value as well as general metaethical questions surrounding Kant's moral theory, broadly construed (both from a historical and contemporary perspective).

Tickets for general admission (with catering included) are €35 (and €25 for students). Alternatively, it is possible to register for free admission without availing of the catering provided. The deadline for booking catering is Saturday 07th May. There will also be a 3 course conference dinner on Saturday in KC Peaches at 7.30pm. If you would like to join us, please book a ticket that includes dinner on the Eventbrite page (which will be an extra €30).

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The provisional programme for the conference is as follows:

Saturday 14th May

12:00 - 13:00: Lunch/Registration

13:00 - 13:15 : Welcome

13:15 - 14:15:

Non-Moral Practical Concepts in Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals 

- Stefano Lo Re (University of St Andrews)

Self-Perfection, Self-Knowledge, and the Supererogatory 

- Katharina Naumann (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen)

14:15 - 14:45: Break

14:45 - 15:45:

Kantian Constructivism and the Second-Person Standpoint                 

- Janis Schaab (University of St Andrews)

The Particularist Challenge to Kantian Ethics – A Trilemma              

- Irina Schumski (University of Warwick)

15:45 - 16:15: Break

16:15 - 17:45 First Keynote Talk:

Kant's Anti-Eudaimonism as an Error Theory of Moral Motivation         

- Alice Pinheiro Walla (Trinity College Dublin)

Sunday 15th May

10:00 - 10:45: Breakfast

10:45 - 11:45:

Ethics beyond Humanity: Towards a Moorean-Kantian Constructivism

- Bas Tönissen (University of St Andrews)

Do We Have a Moral Obligation to Develop our Talents?: On Kantian Imperfect Duties and Duties to Oneself  

- Catherine Robb (University of Glasgow)

11:45 - 12:00: Break

12:00 - 13:00:

Balancing Forces in Kant's Metaphysics of Nature and Morals 

- Santiago Sanchez Borboa (University of Arizona)

Goodness and Moral Obligation                                                 

- Hasen Khudairi (University of St Andrews)

13:00- 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 2nd Keynote Talk:

Kant on Freedom and Practical Irrationality                                          

- Ralf Bader (University of Oxford)