Forthcoming events

Internal workshop - Late Autumn 2017  

 

Conference on Moral Authority - Early Autumn 2018

 

(More information to come)

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Archive:

 

Conference on Moral Evil 18th-19th of May 2017

Programme:

Thursday 18th of May (Room: TEO H1.413) 09.25-09.30 Coffee and Tea. Welcome, Roe Fremstedal (Head of Ethics Research Group) 09.30-12.15 First Session. Chair: Erik Lundestad 09.30-10.45 Keynote: Caroline Arruda How (some) Beliefs Motivate 10.45-11.00 Coffee and Tea 11.00-12.15 Heine Holmen Evil and Flatness: A Tentative Exploration of Evil Realism 12.15-13.15 Lunch 13.15-16.00 Second Session. Chair: Heine Holmen 13.15-14.30 Keynote: Cathrine Felix On Google's don't be Evil 14.30-14.45 Coffee and Tea 14.45-16.00 Erik Lundestad The Demythologization of Evil 19.30 Conference dinner

Friday 19th of May (Room: TEO H1.413) 09.25-09.30 Coffee and Tea 09.30-12.15 Third Session. Chair: Roe Fremstedal 09.30-10.45 Keynote: Christopher Horn How far can we get with a Kantian Theory of Evil? 10.45-11.00 Coffee and Tea 11.00-12.15 Beatrix Himmelmann Erasmus, Luther, Nietzsche and the Problem of Evil 12.15-13.15 Lunch 13.15-16.00 Forth Session. Chair: Beatrix Himmelmann 13.15-14.30 Keynote: Peter Brian Rose-Barry The Concept of Evil and the Priority of Evil People 14.30-14.45 Coffee and Tea 14.45-16.00 Roe Fremstedal Kierkegaard and the Impossibility of Diabolic Evil

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January 12, 2017: Internal Workshop (for group members)

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December 5-6, 2016: Workshop on Moral Realism and Constructivism

Monday 5. December (Room: TEO 1.417)

09.25-09.30 Welcome, Roe Fremstedal. Coffee and Tea

09.30-12.15 First Session. Chair: Ivar Russøy Labukt

            09.30-10.45 Carla Bagnoli: Normative Change in a Non-Standard Constructivist

Reasoning

            10.45-11.00 Coffee and Tea

            11.00-12.15 Heine Holmen: Ethics and Its (Alleged) Epistemic Queerness

12.15-13.15 Lunch

13.15-16.00 Second Session. Chair: Roe Fremstedal

            13.15-14.30 Caj Strandberg: A Puzzle about Reasons and Rationality

14.30-14.45 Coffee and Tea

            14.45-16.00 Ivar Russøy Labukt: How Evolution Might Undermine Ethical Realism

 

19.30 Conference dinner

 

Tuesday 6. December (Room: TEO 1.413)

09.25-09.30 Coffee and Tea

09.30-12.15 Third Session. Chair: Heine Holmen

            09.30-10.45 John Skorupski:Constructivism? Not Kant, not I”

            10.45-11.00 Coffee and Tea

            11.00-12.15 Fredrik Nilsen: Kant’s “Rousseauistic Revolution”

12.15-13.15 Lunch

13.15-16.00 Forth Session. Chair: Beatrix Himmelmann

            13.15-14.30 Nathaniel Jezzi: Realism and Constructivism in Rawlsian Moral Theory

            14.30-14.45 Coffee and Tea

            14.45-16.00 Kari Refsdal: Realism and Constructivism in Kantian Ethics

16.00-16.05 Final Words, Roe Fremstedal

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Guest lectures by Piers Guy Stephens:  

23 May 2016:  “Main Currents in Contemporary Environmental Philosophy

25 May 2016: "Liberalism and Environmental Political Thought: An Entangled Thicket".

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Workshop with Professor Peter Schaber (University of Zürich, Switzerland)

10th of May 2016, Department of Philosophy, Utsikten (1.545)

 

Program

10.15–11.15                       Kari Refsdal: “Constructivism in Ethics”

11.30–12.30                       Erik Lundestad: “The Conspiracy Theorist as Moralist”

                                               LUNCH BREAK

13.30-14.30                        Heine Holmen: “Why Die - An Apology on Behalf of Death”

14.45-15.45                        Ivar Labukt Russøy: “Why Hedonism Might Be Our Only Real Hope”

16.00-17.00                        Roe Fremstedal: “Kierkegaard’s Critique of Eudaimonism”
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Etikk-workshop - 15.01.16. Utsikten, 5. etasje, Teorifagbygg 1,

10.30. Kari: Moral Praiseworthiness as Responsiveness to Moral Reasons” Kommentator: Sveinung

11.30. Espen: “The comparative badness of death for children and adults” Kommentator: Ivar

12.30. Lunsj

13.15. Ivar: «How much better than death is ordinary human survival?” Kommentator: Carl Tollef

14.15. Carl Tollef: “Does Death Represent a Welfare Loss?” Kommentator: Heine

15.15. Kaffe

15.45. Roe: «Forholdet mellom moral og lykke – en systematisk tilnærming» Kommentator: Espen

16.45. Sveinung: Smith, music, and the freedom of interpretation” Kommentator: Roe

19.00 Dinner

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The Ethics of Søren Kierkegaard and K.E. Løgstrup

Venue: Innsikten, TEO-1.524 (Teorifagbygg 1, 5th. floor)

Conference Program:

Monday 2nd of November

  • 9.45.-10.00 Welcome
  • 10.00-11-30 Speaker 1   Dag Anderson: Værensopphold. Etikk og metafysikk hos Løgstrup
  • 11.30-13.00 Speaker 2   Svend Andersen: Two Versions of Lutheran Ethics: Competing or Complementary?
  • 13.00 Lunch break
  • 14.00-15.30 Speaker 3   Robert Stern: Løgstrup's Ethical Demand: Between Hegel & Kierkegaard
  • 15.30 Coffee break
  • 15.45-17.15 Speaker 4    Bjørn Rabjerg: Interdependence. Løgstrup’s Ontological Ethics
  • 20.00 Dinner

 

Tuesday 3rd of November

  • 9.45-11.15 Speaker 5    Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen: The Unfounded Self: Kierkegaard, Løgstrup and Butler’s Challenge
  • 11.15-12.45 Speaker 6  Svein Aage Christoffersen: Løgstrup's Metaphysics of Existence
  • 12.45 Lunch break
  • 13.45-15.15 Speaker 7   David Bugge: Immediacy or Doubling – The Controversy in The Ethical Demand
  • 15.15 Coffee break
  • 15.30-17.00 Speaker 8   Roe Fremstedal: Kierkegaard and Løgstrup on Hope

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What to do all things considered? August 3-4, 2015

Teorifagbygg 1, room 1.313


Monday
10.00. Welcome
10.15 Ruth Chang: “What are hard choices?”
11.45 Mathias Sagdahl: “The argument from nominal-notable comparisons”
13.15 Lunch
14.00 Michael Morreau: “Values, context and choice”
15.30 Eline Busck Gundersen: “Judgements, aversions, and all-things-considered reasons”
17.00 Heine Holmen: TBA
20.00 Dinner


Tuesday
10.00 Sarah Stroud: “Ought all things considered and the ethics of belief”
11.30 Caj Strandberg: “Categorical Moral Reasons and Rational Constraints”
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Rob Shaver: “Pleasure and desire”
14.45 Ivar Labukt: “Evolutionary debunking arguments – a threat to egoism or impartialism?”
16.15 Roe Fremstedal: “The relation between morality and prudence

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Anthropocene, Ethical, Biological and Philosophical perspectives

2015.04.22 (UB132)

22.04.15 kl. 09:00

0900 Christopher PrestonIntroduction to the Anthropocene, the Post-Natural, and the Post-Wild’

Discussion

1000 Raoul PrimicerioYardsticks of ecosystem management’

Discussion

1130 Christopher Preston ‘Deconstructing the Anthropocene and Saving Nature’

Discussion and Food

1300 Øyvind Stokke  The “logic of control” according to T. Adorno’

Discussion

1430 Svein Anders Noer LieNaturalness in the Anthropocene. Ethical perspectives’

Discussion

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0900 Christopher PrestonIntroduction to the Anthropocene, the Post-Natural, and the Post-Wild’

Discussion

1000 Raoul PrimicerioYardsticks of ecosystem management’

Discussion

1130 Christopher Preston ‘Deconstructing the Anthropocene and Saving Nature’

Discussion and Food

1300 Øyvind Stokke  The “logic of control” according to T. Adorno’

Discussion

1430 Svein Anders Noer LieNaturalness in the Anthropocene. Ethical perspectives’

Discussion

- See more at: https://en.uit.no/tavla/artikkel/414804/anthropocene_ethical_biological_and_philosophic#sthash.20H21s1d.dpuf

0900 Christopher PrestonIntroduction to the Anthropocene, the Post-Natural, and the Post-Wild’

Discussion

1000 Raoul PrimicerioYardsticks of ecosystem management’

Discussion

1130 Christopher Preston ‘Deconstructing the Anthropocene and Saving Nature’

Discussion and Food

1300 Øyvind Stokke  The “logic of control” according to T. Adorno’

Discussion

1430 Svein Anders Noer LieNaturalness in the Anthropocene. Ethical perspectives’

Discussion

- See more at: https://en.uit.no/tavla/artikkel/414804/anthropocene_ethical_biological_and_philosophic#sthash.20H21s1d.dpu

0900 Christopher PrestonIntroduction to the Anthropocene, the Post-Natural, and the Post-Wild’

Discussion

1000 Raoul PrimicerioYardsticks of ecosystem management’

Discussion

1130 Christopher Preston ‘Deconstructing the Anthropocene and Saving Nature’

Discussion and Food

1300 Øyvind Stokke  The “logic of control” according to T. Adorno’

Discussion

1430 Svein Anders Noer LieNaturalness in the Anthropocene. Ethical perspectives’

Discussion

- See more at: https://en.uit.no/tavla/artikkel/414804/anthropocene_ethical_biological_and_philosophic#sthash.20H21s1d.dpWorkshop

The Morality of Forgiveness

  

Date/time: 10.00 – 18.00, 21 November 2014

Place: Innsikten (TEO-1.524)

All welcome. No registration required.

 

Please find the program and the four abstracts below: 

 

Time

    Title

    Speaker

10.00-11.30

    The Curious Practice of Apologising and Forgiving

    Luc Bovens

12.00-13.30

    Forgiveness, Social Roles, and Power Relations

    Christel Fricke

14.30-16.00

    On the Supposed Right to Self-Forgiveness

    Espen Gamlund

16.30-18.00

    Focusing Forgiveness            

    András Szigeti

 

Abstracts

 

Luc Bovens (LSE): The Curious Practice of Apologising and Forgiving

The practice of apologising and forgiving is rife with philosophical questions. Should our willingness to make amends be proportional to the harm caused or the turpitude of the wrongdoing? Should one apologise for choices made in the context of moral dilemmas—i.e. when the choice set contains no right action? Does a meaningful apology require that we expect not to commit similar wrongdoings in the future? And if so, what constitutes similarity, or, in other words, what is the scope of the moral renewal that is required in apologising? What is the nature of the social interaction when a wrongdoer apologises or asks forgiveness and the victim accepts apologies or offers forgiveness? And finally, why should a wrongdoer care about the judgment of an unforgiving victim?

 

Christel Fricke (CSMN, University of Oslo): Forgiveness, Social Roles, and Power Relations

Forgiveness is in the most typical cases an issue between a perpetrator and his victim. At first sight, it seems as if, in a case of wrongdoing, the social roles of ‘perpetrator’ and ‘victim’ were distributed in a straightforward way. Furthermore, it seems as if the power relations between the two parties were fixed: The perpetrator exercises power over the victim. I shall inquire into the adequacy of these intuitions. My focus of interest will be the role and power of the victim in relation to a perpetrator who asks to be forgiven.

 

Espen Gamlund (University of Bergen): On the Supposed Right to Self-Forgiveness

The paper discusses the moral permissibility of self-forgiveness in (a) cases where the victim is unable to forgive the wrongdoer, and (b) in cases where the victim is unwilling to forgive the wrongdoer. In my talk I want to expand on the discussion offered in the paper, and consider the question of whether the wrongdoer has a moral right to self-forgiveness in these kinds of cases.

 

András Szigeti (UiT): Focusing Forgiveness

Bishop Butler’s “forswearing of resentment” is still the definition most take as their point of departure to analyze forgiveness. The negativity of this approach is striking. Can we say more about the positive features of forgiveness? This paper aims to contribute to such a “non-privative” characterization of forgiveness. I argue that we should take seriously the thought that forgiveness is a sui generis emotion type. Specifically, I will try to show that forgiveness is the positively valenced counterpart of resentment. I will then explore what I believe to be the conceptual advantages of this approach. 

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Evil and Guilt

International Conference

Hosted by the Ethics Research Group, University of Tromsø

 11-13 September 2014

 

PROGRAM

THURSDAY, 11TH OF SEPTEMBER, SV-Hum E0103

9:45      Welcome and Introduction

Chairs: Beatrix Himmelmann/Ivar Russøy Labukt

10:00     Peter Brian Barry: “Evil and the Prospects for Redemption”

11:30     Lars Svendsen: “Evil, Freedom and Blame”

13:00     Lunch Break

14:00     Beatrix Himmelmann: “Can Evil Ever Be Banal?”

15:30     Coffee Break      

15:45     Erik Lundestad: “The ‘Misunderstanding’ of Eichmann in Jerusalem”

 

FRIDAY, 12TH OF SEPTEMBER, TEO 1.333

Chairs: Roe Fremstedal/Andras Szigeti

10:00     Christoph Horn: “The Neo-Platonic Debate on Evil and Guilt in Ancient Philosophy”

11:30     Andras Szigeti: “Focusing Forgiveness”

13:00     Lunch Break

14:00     Heine A. Holmen: “Action and the Problem of Diabolic Evil”

15:30     Coffee Break

15:45     Ivar Russøy Labukt: “Evil, Egoism and Rationality”

 

SATURDAY, 13TH OF SEPTEMBER, TEO 1.333

Chairs: Mathias S. Sagdahl/Erik Lundestad

10:00     Hallvard Fossheim: “On Being Bad and Feeling Bad”

11:30     Espen Dahl: “Job and the Problem of Pain”

13:00     Lunch Break

14:00     Bjørn Rabjerg:  “An Analysis of Evil in Light of K.E. Løgstrup’s Lutheran Anthropology”

15:30     Coffee Break

15:45     Roe Fremstedal: "Kierkegaard's Account of Evil"

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Ethics Research Group Workshop with Thomas Schmidt (Humboldt Universität, Berlin)

 

Thursday, 8th May 2014, TEO-H1 1.545 Utsikten

Department of Philosophy (IFF)

 

10.15-11.15: Heine Alexander Holmen: Ethics and its metaphysical queerness

11.30-12.30: Ivar Labukt Russøy: What the Experience Machine tells us about hedonism

 

LUNCH BREAK

 

13.30-14.30: Michael Morreau: Plural values and rational choice

14.45-15.45: Svein Anders Noer Lie: Following nature?

 

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Professor Schmidt’s talk “What makes lies wrong?” will take place on Wednesday, 7th May 2014 (12.15-14.00, Innsikten) in the “Forskningsseminaret” series.

 

The talk will be followed by a small reception. All welcome.

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Why Be Moral ?

International Conference

Hosted by the Ethics Research Group, University of Tromsø

 19-21 September 2013, TEO H1 1.413

 

Thursday, 19th of September 2013  

 

9:45                Welcome and Introduction

Section 1:  The Question

Chairs: Beatrix Himmelmann / Ivar Russøy Labukt

10:00               Robert B. Louden (Portland, Maine)  

                        Why Be Moral? A New Answer to an Old Question

11:30               Iddo Landau (Haifa)

                        The ‘Why Be Moral?’ Question Revisited

13:00               Lunch Break

14:00               Erik Lundestad (Tromsø)

                        Why Be Moral? A Pragmatist Approach                    

15:30               Coffee Break 

15:45               Andras Szigeti (Tromsø)

                        Why and How Groups Should Be Moral

 

Friday, 20th of September 2013

Section 2:  Conceptual Approaches

Chairs: Roe Fremstedal / Erik Christensen

10:00               Beatrix Himmelmann (Tromsø)

                        Why Be Moral? Shouldn’t It Be Sufficient to Recognize Right and Happiness?

11:30               Ivar Russøy Labukt (Tromsø)

                        What Will Happen to Morality If Rational Egoism Is Correct?

13:00               Lunch Break

14:00               Héctor Wittwer (Berlin)

                        Is the Overridingness of Moral Reasons a Semantic Fact?

15:30               Coffee Break 

Section 3:  Historical Approaches

Chairs: Erik Christensen / Andras Szigeti

15:45               Hallvard Fossheim (Oslo/Tromsø)

                         Platonico-Aristotelian Motives for Being Moral

 

 Saturday, 21st of September 2013

 

 10:00              Christoph Horn (Bonn)

                         What is Kant's Precise Answer to the Question 'Why Be Moral'?

 11:30               Roe Fremstedal (Tromsø)

                         Why Be Moral? A Kierkegaardian Approach

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Ralph Wedgwood (Los Angeles)

Lecture and Workshop

30-31 May 2013, Department of Philosophy, University of Tromsø

Lecture: The Normativity of Rationality
30 May 2013, 3:00 pm, Department of Philosophy, Innsikten (1.524), University of Tromsø

 

Christel Fricke (Oslo)

Lecture: Adam Smith on Moral Conscience

7 May 2013, 3:00 pm, Department of Philosophy, Innsikten (1.524), University of Tromsø

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Program

On the Question of Meaning in Life

13-14 September 2012, University of Tromsø

Conference of the Ethics Research Group

 

Thursday, 13th of September 2012

Location: SVHUM E0104

 

9:45  Welcome and Introduction

Section 1:  Systematic Approaches and a First Historical Outlook

Chairs: Beatrix Himmelmann / Erik Lundestad

10:00  John Cottingham (Reading / Oxford, UK)

The Meaningful Life: Autonomous Choice or Obedience to the Good?

11:30  Dag T. Andersson (Tromsø, Norway)

Touched By the Universe: Sources of Meaning in K. E. Loegstrup's Ethics and Metaphysics

13:00  Lunch Break

14:00  Robert B. Louden (Portland, Maine, USA)

Meaningful but Immoral Lives?

15:30 Coffee Break 

15:45  Beatrix Himmelmann (Tromsø, Norway)

The Problem of Contingency and the Quest for Meaning 

 

Friday, 14th of September 2012

Location: TEO H1 1.413

 

Section 2:  Historical Approaches and Concluding Reflections

Chairs: Jan Harald Alnes / Beatrix Himmelmann

10:00 Espen Andre Lauritzen (Tromsø, Norway)

Knowing or Feeling. The Place for Emotions in the Meaningful Life according to Plato’s “Phaedo”

11:30 Hallvard Fossheim (Oslo, Norway)

Individual, Society, and Biology: An Aristotelian Take on Meaning in Life

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00 Erik Lundestad (Tromsø, Norway)

Economics and the Meaning of Life: Amartya Sen on Ethics and Economics

15:30 Coffee Break

15:45 Christoph Horn (Bonn, Germany)

Theories of Happiness and of a Meaningful Life – Can There Be a Convergence?

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