2015 Workshop

The workshop took place on 13th and 14th March, 2015, at the University of Edinburgh.


  • Unless noted, all sessions are in the Project Room, Room 1.06, 50 George Square.
  • Most sessions are “pre-read” sessions (see below), for which delegates are expected to read the papers in advance.

Friday, 13th March

  • 8:30
    • Coffee available
  • 9:00 – 10:30 (pre-read session)
    • Crispin Wright (New York University/University of Stirling), “Reflections on Rules and Rational Belief” 
    • Commentator: Matthew Chrisman (University of Edinburgh)
    • Chair: Luís Duarte d’Almeida (University of Edinburgh)
  • 11:00 – 12:30 (pre-read session)
    • Fatema Amijee (University of Texas, Austin), “How Nonsense Regulates Belief”
    • Commentator: Allan Hazlett (University of Edinburgh)
    • Chair: Neil Mehta (Yale-NUS College)
  • 14:00 – 15:30
    • Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): “On the Distinction Between a Better Moral Theory and a Theory of a Better Morality”
    • Commentator: Mike Ridge (University of Edinburgh)
    • Chair: Luke Elson (University of Reading)
  • 16:10 – 18:00 (Visiting Speaker Seminar, Lecture Theatre, Hugh Robson Building, George Square)
    • Richard Holton (University of Cambridge), “Intentional Verbs and Moral Actions”
    • Chair: Patrick Todd (University of Edinburgh)
  • 19:30
    • Workshop dinner

Saturday, 14th March

  • 9:00
    • Coffee available
  • 9:30 – 11:00
    • Leslie Green (University of Oxford), “The Normativity of Law: What is the Problem?”
    • Commentator: Claudio Michelon (University of Edinburgh)
    • Chair: Miriam McCormick (University of Richmond)
  • 11:30 – 13:00 (pre-read session)
    • Teemu Toppinen (Helsinki University): “How to be a Reasons Primitivist”
    • Commentator: Debbie Roberts (University of Edinburgh)
    • Chair: Justin Snedeggar (University of St Andrews)
  • 14:30 – 16:00 (pre-read session)
    • Holly Smith (Rutgers University): “The Rules-of-Thumb Solution to the Epistemic Problem for Morality”
    • Commentator: Elinor Mason (University of Edinburgh)
    • Chair: Miroslav Imbrisevic (Heythrop College, University of London)
  • 16:30 – 18:00 (pre-read session)
    • Connie Rosati (University of Arizona): “Normativity and Constitutional Judgment”
    • Commentator: Guy Fletcher (University of Edinburgh)
    • Chair: Kathryn Lindeman (St Louis University)

The workshop was sponsored by the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh’s Eidyn Research Centre, and the Scots Philosophical Association.



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