Graduate Conference: What Really Matters? Reflections on Human Values

Keynote speakers:

Roger Crisp Oxford University

Debbie Roberts University of Edinburgh

The aim of the second edition of the PhD conference organised by the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value is to promote novel research about what we value, how we value it, why we do so at all; and how we think, speak, and write about our answers to these questions. The following questions come into consideration - where do we get our values from in the first place? Are there distinct sorts of values, or distinct ways of valuing them? Are some things always more valuable than others?

This topic is of philosophical interest precisely because it is something we all have to confront outside of philosophy, inexorably, each and every day. In society, in politics, in business, in art, we constantly must consider and reconsider what we think really matters, what is truly important; and why we think so.

There are seemingly two approaches that we can take when deliberating about this topic. Traditional approaches in the philosophy of value involve giving direct, universal answers to these sorts of questions: telling us variously that there is one master value, a plurality of values, or a hierarchy of values, and why we should think so. A relatively recent trend in the theory of value, as opposed to the traditionally more static approach stated above, focuses on the importance of context in our evaluations. For example, can something that is good in one place be bad in another? Can our values come into conflict, depending on the situation?

High quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of philosophy of value are cordially invited for presentation at the conference. Generally, papers could take a metaphysical, epistemological, semantical, or psychological approach; while specifically, an ethical, aesthetical, social, or political approach.

We plan to produce a published collection consisting of the best and most novel contributions to the conference. Therefore, a second deadline is specified for those who wish their material to be considered for this publication: if their abstracts are previously accepted, a draft paper of 3000-5000 words should be submitted.

Accepted speakers will be given 30 minutes each: 15-20 minutes for their talk, and 10-15 minutes for questions.

Abstract length: 200-300 words

Deadline for abstracts: 01/05/2022

Notification of acceptance: 01/06/2022

Deadline for draft papers: 01/07/2022


Jorge Ernesto

Diana Kalášková

Patrick Joseph Keenan

Aneta Kohoutova

Olena Kushyna

Vladimir Lukic

Mira Reyes

David Rozen

Philip Strammer

Mattimai Syiem

Peter Nicholas Tuck