Northwestern Society for Ethical Theory and Political Philosophy


4th Annual Conference




The conference will take place in Hardin Hall in the Rebecca Crown Center (633 Clark Street, Evanston).


Thursday, May 20th


9:00 – 10:25

Should Constructivists Be Particularists?


Mark LeBar (Ohio University)


Commentator: Jeremy Schwartz (Texas Tech University)


10:35 – 12:00

The Limits of Normative Detachment


Nishi Shah (Amherst College)


Commentator: Iskra Fileva (University of Nevada at Reno)




2:00 – 3:25

Everyone Desires the (Real, Not Apparent) Good


Agnes Callard (University of Chicago)


Commentator: David Ebrey (Northwestern University)


3:35 – 5:00

What’s Wrong With Coercion?


Stephen White (University of California at Los Angeles)


Commentator: Guy Elgat (Northwestern University)




Friday, May 21st


9:00 – 10:25

The State Is Not a Radio Station


Joanne Lau (Australian National University)


Commentator: Max Cherem (Northwestern University)


10:35 – 12:00

“Why Luck Egalitarians Should Condemn the Market”


Moti Gorin (Rice University)


Commentator: Tyler Zimmer (Northwestern University)




2:00 – 3:25

Capabilities, Resources, and Spheres of Distributive Justice


Paul Kelleher (University of Wisconsin at Madison)


Commentator: Jon Garthoff (Northwestern University)


3:35 – 5:30

Keynote address: “What Is Egalitarianism?”


Elizabeth Anderson (University of Michigan)


Commentator: Helga Varden (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)




Saturday, May 22nd


9:00 – 10:25

Can Polygamy Be Egalitarian?


Gregg Strauss (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Commentator: Eric Jonas (Northwestern University)


10:35 – 12:00

Moral Status of the Severely Cognitively Impaired


Agnieszka Jaworska (University of California at Riverside), Julie Tannenbaum (Pomona College)


Commentator: Mark Shelton (Central Michigan University)




2:00 – 3:25

Korsgaard and the Reality of Pain


David Sussman (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Commentator: Kyla Ebels Duggan (Northwestern University)


3:35 – 5:30

Keynote address: “Reflections on the Evolution of Morality


Christine Korsgaard (Harvard University)


Commentator: Garrett Cullity (University of Adelaide)