It is often held that while we ought to give some consideration to the
interests of everyone, including distant strangers, we are rationally
justified in prioritizing ourselves and our loved ones. However, the
idea that one ought to have equal basic concern for the interests of
all has a surprisingly impressive pedigree. This view, sometimes
called ethical impartialism, can be found in the teachings of the
Buddhists and Stoics in the Ancient world, in Christian philosophy of
the medieval period, and in modern moral theories such as
Utilitarianism and Kantianism. Amidst the ongoing contemporary debate
between proponents of impartialist ethical theories and those who
defend partiality; this workshop aims at exploring the following
- To what extent are partialist ethical theories committed to
- Is it possible to isolate the impartialist thread from the rest of
paradigmatic impartialist theories like utilitarianism?
- What, if any, are the affinities between impartialist elements in
alternative approaches, such as Utilitarianism and Kantian ethics?
- To what extent is it possible to account for typical partialist
verdicts from an impartialist perspective?
- Carla Bagnoli (Modena)
- Roger Crisp (Oxford)
- Anca Gheaus (Pompeu Fabra Barcelona; joint work with Adam Swift)
- Simon Keller (Victoria University Wellington)
- Jörg Löschke (Zurich)
- Tyler Paytas (ACU Melbourne)
- Christian Seidel (KIT)
- Sarah Stroud (UNC-Chapel Hill)
18-20 October 2019, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
(Fritz-Haber-Weg 7, Building 30.91, Room 012)
The workshop is part of a collaboration on "The Philosophical History
of Ethical Impartialism" funded by DAAD and Universities Australia.
Registration is free of charge, but places are limited. Please
register before 8 Oct 2019.
Contact and registration: conference.impartialism∂gmail.com
Organizers: Tyler Paytas (ACU Melbourne) & Christian Seidel (KIT)