Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress 2016

Boulder CO

Aug 11 - 14, 2016

This is the ninth annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, an international conference geared to offer the highest quality, highest altitude discussion of ethics, broadly conceived.

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Alastair Norcross

Associate Corrupter of the Youth, University of Colorado Boulder

Bio: Alastair Norcross teaches Philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder. Although he was raised in the Church of England (or maybe because of it), he lacked any religious faith, until he moved to Texas at the age of 32, first to spend 10 years teaching at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and then five years teaching at Rice University in Houston. He realized that the best explanation for why he was spending fifteen years in Texas was that he must have been very bad in a former life, and so he became a devout follower of Texincarnationism, according to which all bad behavior in one life is punished by having to spend a portion (up to all of it) of the next life living in Texas. In 2007, he was relieved to discover that his past life crimes, although clearly pretty terrible, were not as awful as those of the Texas residents he was blessed to leave behind, when he moved to Boulder. Although he still has many friends in Texas, he is inspired by the example of Jonathan Edwards, as so eloquently espoused in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, not to let his personal affection for them interfere with his satisfaction at their clearly just punishment for unspeakable crimes.

Jeremy Garrett

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Bio: Jeremy R. Garrett, Ph.D., is Research Associate in Bioethics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and holds appointments as Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Previously he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University-Sacramento. Dr. Garrett received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Rice University, where he served for several years as Managing Editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.

Camil Golub

New York University

Bio: Camil Golub is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at New York University. He works primarily in ethics and metaethics, and also has interests in moral psychology and the history of ethical thought.

Chris Rice

Lynn University

Bio: Christopher Rice began work as an assistant professor of philosophy at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL in 2014. Before that, he received his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University, where he also served for two years as a post-doctoral teaching fellow. His interests include ethics (especially theories of well-being), animal ethics, environmental ethics, and political philosophy.

Dan Demetriou

University of Minnesota Morris

Bio: Dan Demetriou is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He specializes in honor ethics, and has discussed the metaethical, ethical, and political implications of honor in a number of articles. His co-edited "Honor in the Modern World: Interdisciplinary Perspectives" (Lexington) will be available in the fall of 2016. His next project involves original empirical work on the psychology of agonism and masculinity.

David Brink

UCSD

Bio: Brink's work in ethics focuses on foundational issues about objectivity and normativity; practical reason, the good, and the nature of moral demands; and rights and justice. His approach blends historical concern with the views of important figures and traditions in the history of ethics and systematic concern with the clearest and most plausible formulations of first principles. His work in jurisprudence focuses on traditional issues in analytical jurisprudence about the nature of law, legal interpretation, and determinacy in the law; issues in constitutional jurisprudence about interpretation, individual rights, and judicial review; and issues in criminal jurisprudence about responsibility and excuse.

James DiGiovanna

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Bio: James DiGiovanna teaches philosophy at John Jay College, CUNY, where his research focuses on personal identity, failures of self-knowledge, and the problems these pose for responsibility. His most recent publications are "Literally Like A Different Person: Context and Concern in Personal Identity,” in Southern Journal of Philosophy (2015), "Identity: Difficulties, Discontinuities and Pluralities of Personhood," in Palgrave Handbook of Posthumanism in Film and Television (2015) and the forthcoming “Artificial Identity” in Robot Ethics 2.0, edited by Patrick Lin (2017). His fiction has appeared in Spork Press, Blue Moon Review, and Slipstream City, and he co-wrote and co-directed the award-winning feature film Forked World, and the widely broadcast short film Kant Attack Ad. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Judith Lichtenberg

Georgetown University

Bio: Judith Lichtenberg is Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. She has written about international and domestic justice, moral psychology, nationalism, war, and higher education. Her book Distant Strangers: Ethics, Psychology, and Global Poverty was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. With Robert Fullinwider, she coauthored Leveling the Playing Field: Justice, Politics, and College Admissions (2004). She teaches as a volunteer at Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland and serves on the advisory board of Georgetown’s new Prisons and Justice Initiative.

Aaron Elliott

Doctoral Candidate, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Alena Buyx

Professor, University of Kiel

Bob Fischer

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Texas State University

Eden Lin

Assistant Professor, Ohio State University

Eric Wiland

Associate Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Jesse Summers

Lecturing Fellow, Duke University

Elizabeth O'Neill

Assistant Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology

Alex Hyun

University of Wisconsin

Alida Liberman

University of Indianapolis

Amelia Hicks

Kansas State University

Andrew Marsh

University of Kansas

Anne Baril

University of New Mexico

Anthony Cross

Texas State University

Anthony Skelton

University of Western Ontario

Tony Smith

Utah

Asia Ferrin

American University

Avery Kolers

University of Louisville

Ben Schwan

UW-Madison

Bernard Boxill

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chris Marshall

London School of Economics and Political Science

Cristian Perez

Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile

Dale Dorsey

University of Kansas

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