Workshop, March 30: The Formations and Reformations of Moral Universes

30 March, 2023 

Historical Building, Namesti Čs. Legii 
Room 01033 
Univerzita Pardubice 

Most moral philosophy focuses on how rational and deliberate actions and calculations change our ways of thinking and acting. But the formation of our moral beliefs and our overall moral universes also take shape in more uncontrolled, almost unintentional, ways. Beliefs and opinions are, for example, formed within a horizon or against a background. But what gives the horizons or backgrounds the form and structure they have?  

The main aim of this workshop is to seek to bring into view how changes in our moral universes, or of more particular moral beliefs (or set of beliefs), come about; with a special focus on areas of moral life that are not easily framed as “rational deliberation.” Here, questions about small and hardly perceptible changes in language and other forms of communication; about what we (in our time) tend to think of as given limits to morality; the ways in which our perception of the world alters in light of linguistic and cultural changes; how uncontrolled emotions take part in forming ideas of the limits of the moral; ways in which ethical attention can, and perhaps also sometimes must, be involuntary and uncontrolled are placed at the forefront. In short: What (apart from rational deliberation regarding actions and beliefs) shape our moral life? 

Invited Speakers: 

Viktor Johansson Nord University (NO) & Södertörn University (SWE) 

Ingeborg Löfgren Uppsala University (SWE) 

Centre for Ethics Speakers: 

Silvia Caprioglio Panizza  

Niklas Forsberg  

Antony Fredriksson  

Lesley Jamieson


09:15 – 10:15 Niklas Forsberg (CE) 

Losing Your Contexts 

10:15 – 11:15 Ingeborg Löfgren (Uppsala University) 

Aesthetic and Moral Perfectionism: Literature as Shared Conscience 


11:30 – 12:30 Antony Fredriksson (CE) 

Nonhuman Images 


14:00 – 15:00 Lesley Jamieson (CE)  

Moral Testimony & Tough Pills to Swallow   

15:00 – 16:00 Silvia Caprioglio Panizza (CE) 

What are the Limits of a Moral World? 


16:30 – 17:30 Viktor Johansson (Bodø & Stockhom) 

Reading the World with Stories / Indigenous Elders and Tradition Bearers as Forebearers of Philosophy for Children and Decolonizing Philosophy by Children.