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The Northwestern Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics (NUSTEP) hosts an annual spring conference in moral and political philosophy.  We are proud that the conference has an established reputation as a constructive and collegial event addressing some of the most difficult and important questions of moral and political philosophy.  The three-day conference features two invited keynote addresses and submitted papers by both faculty and graduate students as well as ample time for informal discussion. This year the conference will be take place on May 9 - 11, 2019 at Northwestern University in Evanston.

Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions from faculty and graduate students, as some sessions will be reserved for student presentations.  Please submit an essay of approximately 4000 words.  Essay topics in all areas of ethical theory and political philosophy will be considered, although some priority will be given to essays that take up themes from the work of Peter Railton and Sarah Stroud: action theory, consequentialism, evolution and morality, personal relationships and partiality, metaethics, moral demandingness, moral psychology, subjective well-being, and weakness of will.  Essays should be prepared for blind review in word, rtf, or pdf format.  Graduate submissions should be sent by e-mail to; faculty submissions should be sent by e-mail to  The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019.  Notices of acceptance will be sent by March 15, 2019.  For more information, please contact Kyla Ebels-Duggan at the e-mail address above.

2019 Keynote Addresses:

Peter Railton (University of Michigan) 

Sarah Stroud (University of North Carolina) 

The conference is free and open to the public.

Please forward any inquiries to Kyla Ebels-Duggan.

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