2nd Annual Rights Workshop: Rights and Harm

4th-5th June 2020, University of St Andrews.

Organisers: Joseph Bowen (University of St Andrews and University of Stirling), Samuel Dishaw (Harvard University), and Daniel Muñoz (Monash University).

In May 2019, the first annual Rights Workshop was held at MIT, featuring papers by Frances Kamm, Julia Driver, Julia Markovits, and Renee Jorgensen Bolinger. The was topic: “Rights and Supererogation.”  On 4th-5th June 2020, the 2nd Rights Workshop will be held at the University of St Andrews on “Rights and Harm.”

In the last decade, there has been an explosion of work on rights and duties. Equally explosive has been the literature on the metaphysics of harm and defensive harming. Yet, these literatures on harm have not linked up with discussion of rights in a particularly explicit way. The Rights Workshop would be a chance for ethicists working on these topics to put their heads together, share comments, and make progress on an exciting and flourishing area of research.

Authors: Nicolas Cornell (Michigan), Helen Frowe (Stockholm), Kerah Gordon-Solmon (Queens, Canada), Thomas Sinclair (Oxford), Fiona Woollard (Southampton). Respondents: Lisa Bastian (St Andrews and Stirling), Rowan Cruft (Stirling), Romy Eskens (Stockholm), Clayton Littlejon (Kings), and Kieran Oberman (Edinburgh).

The format of the workshop is pre-read, with papers being made available a few weeks before the workshop. Each session will begin with a critical response to one of the papers, followed by a brief reply from the author, and then Q&A. The schedule of the workshop will be released closer to the date, but the Workshop will begin around 10 am on Thursday 4th June and end around 1pm on Friday 5th June. Childcare facilities will be provided (please get in touch as early as possible).

For financial support, we would like to thank St Andrews’s Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Society for Applied Philosophy, and Scots Philosophical Association.

Attendance is free, but we ask that you let us know by emailing us at: sdishaw@g.harvard.edu.