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Fourth Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Association at the UT Philosophy Conference

Fourth Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Association at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Philosophy Conference

March 13–14, 2021

The Philosophy Graduate Student Association at the University of Tennessee (PGSA@UT) Philosophy Conference has been running annually since 2018. It has attracted active graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in philosophy and other relevant disciplines on topics in the area of value theory broadly construed and has featured as keynotes some prominent philosophers. The theme for our fourth annual PGSA@UT conference is “The Relationship between Science and Ethics,” to be held virtually on March 13–14, 2021. Dr. Heather Douglas, Associate Professor of Michigan State University, is joining us as this year’s keynote speaker.

The event will mark the first anniversary of a global pandemic that has raised fundamental questions about the relationships between scientific evidence, scientific issues, and moral and political behavior.

Submissions may engage with any aspect of the intersection between philosophy of science and moral, social, and political philosophy. Some possible questions to engage with might include: What responsibility do people have for engaging with data that they aren't experts in? Should scientific research be done with social issues in mind? How do we balance our responsibilities to fight injustice collectively (e.g. by participating in Black Lives Matter protests) with our seemingly competing individual responsibility to mitigate the spread of a pandemic? How do we balance tensions between educational and economic imperatives and ensuring the pandemic doesn't worsen? Other suitable topics might include: environmental ethics (global warming and anthropo-, eco-, sentio-, or bio-centric views of ethics); comparative anthropology; the comparative evolutionary biology of primates; applied ethics in the medical field; neurobiological research into the basis of moral judgment; gameā€theoretical modeling; and the politicization of science.

Abstracts of 500–750 words should be formatted for blind review and submitted via email to by January 15, 2021. Please include your name, contact information, and disciplinary/institutional affiliation in the body of your email.


• Abstract submission deadline: January 15, 2021

• Notification of acceptance: Early February 2021

• Deadline for registration of attendance: March 1, 2021. Please register here.

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