CEU Undergraduate Conference in Moral and Political Philosophy
This conference invites papers in analytic moral and political philosophy, the methods of which are used to reason about questions of value, ethics, society and politics. The conference allows for topics ranging from meta-ethical inquiries about the fundamental nature of values and reasons, to particular issues in applied ethics and political philosophy. Although the field is broad, questions in one area of moral and political philosophy are not isolated from those in others, so conversations that bring together perspectives from different sub-fields in moral and political philosophy are also welcome.
This year, we invite undergraduates from around the world to CEU to discuss their innovative approaches to topics in the field of moral and political philosophy with some of the CEU faculty and graduate students. Participants at the conference will submit a paper in advance, and will have fifteen minutes to present a summary of their papers. Paper presentations will be followed by short responses from invited readers, and then further time for discussion. There will be plenty of opportunity for feedback from, and interaction with, several CEU faculty members and graduate students who work in moral and political philosophy, including faculty members from the departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and the School of Public Policy.
- Prof. Zoltan Miklosi, CEU: "Immigration and the system of nation states"
- Prof. Emma Bullock, CEU: "The prospects and perils of justified paternalism"
The conference will be held in Budapest from September 2 to September 3, 2016. Current undergraduate students from any university were eligible to submit an abstract. The language of the conference is English.
Friday 2nd September
CEU Monument Building, Gellner Room and Room 202. 1051 Budapest, Nádor utca 9.
9:45-10:00 Welcome remarks
10.00-10:45 Session 1
Gellner Room: Kevin Alexander Wong (Princeton University), "On the Implausibility of Suboptimal Supererogation" - Comments by Prof. Emma Bullock (CEU)
Room 202: Beatriz Santos (University of Manchester), "On why Scanlon's contractualism fails to provide a suitable alternative to utilitarianism" - Comments by Yuliya Kanygina (CEU)
10:45-11:30 Session 2
Gellner Room: Petra Molnár (Queen Mary University of London), "Can whistleblowing and leaking be considered acts of civil disobedience?" - Comments by Prof. János Kis (CEU)
Room 202: Julia Damphouse (Bard College, Berlin), "Bread and/or Roses? Class in the Recognition Redistribution Debate" - Comments by Man Kong Li (CEU)
11:30 -12:00 Coffee break
12:00-12:45 Session 3
Gellner Room: Francesco Tonci Ottieri (University of Stirling), "Compassion: How to Get Rid of an Inconvenient Sensation" - Comments by Yuliya Kanygina (CEU)
Room 202: Daniel Simons (University of Manchester), "Kant and the Moral Considerability of Animals " - Comments by Prof. Andres Moles (CEU)
12:45-13:30 Session 4
Gellner Room: Marina Budić (University of Belgrade), "Kant's retributivism and the death penalty" - Comments by Zlata Bozac (CEU)
Room 202: Bethan Price (University of Warwick), "Did J.S. Mill refine or abandon Utilitarianism?" - Comments by Prof. Andres Moles (CEU)
14:30-15:15 Session 5
Gellner Room: Milán Simity (Corvinus University), "A Utilitarian Defense of Affirmative Action in Higher Education" - Comments by Daniel Dzah (CEU)
Room 202: Anđela Miličević (University of Belgrade), "Is negative utilitarianism a way to go in a modern society?" - Comments by Zlata Bozac (CEU)
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-17:15 Gellner Room: Keynote Lecture 1
Emma Bullock (Assistant Professor, CEU), "Friendship and Virtuous Interventions"
Saturday 3rd September
CEU Monument Building, Gellner Room and Popper Room, 1051 Budapest, Nádor utca 9.
9:30-10:00 Coffee and pastry, welcome
10:00-10.45 Session 6
Gellner Room: Anni Räty (University of Cambridge), "In Defence of Moral Deference—The Case of Impure Moral Testimony" - Comments by Dr. Chrysovalantis Margaritidis (CEU)
Popper Room: Gustav Alexandrie (University of Stockholm), "A Probabilistic Approach to Evolutionary Debunking" - Comments by Prof. Simon Rippon (CEU)
10:45-11:30 Session 7
Gellner Room: Madeleine Hughes (University of Manchester), "A force model of moral obligation; ‘should’ we be moral?" - Comments by Prof. Simon Rippon (CEU)
Popper Room: Alister Pearson (University of Manchester), "Why Olson's Moral Conservationism Fails" - Comments by Dr. Chrysovalantis Margaritidis (CEU)
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-12:45 Session 8
Gellner Room: Valeria Finocchiaro (University of Padua), "The concept of Trust in Hegel's political philosophy" - Comments by Daniel Dzah (CEU)
Popper Room: Laura Cesco-Frare (University of Padua), "The anarchy of the Will and its moral and social implications" - Comments by Marko Konjović (CEU)
12:45-13:30 Session 9
Gellner Room: Andreea Teodorescu (University of Bucharest), "Autonomy and subjective preferences" - Comments by Marko Konjović (CEU)
Popper Room: Matilde Liberti (University of Stirling), "Can we ever be justified in interfering with someone’s right to do wrong?" - Comments by Prof. Zoltán Miklósi (CEU)
14:30-15:15 Session 10
Gellner Room: Mór Kapronczay (Corvinus University), "Moral Argument for Progressive Taxation – A Liberal-Egalitarian’s View" - Comments by Man Kong Li (CEU)
Popper Room: Miljan Vasić (University of Belgrade), "Domestic Analogy: A link between Spheres of Justice and Just and Unjust Wars by Michael Walzer" - Comments by Prof. Zoltán Miklósi (CEU)
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-17:15 Gellner Room: Keynote Lecture 2
Zoltan Miklosi (Assistant Professor, CEU), "Immigration and the system of nation states"