This is small-scale, a one-day workshop so not appropriate for the gendered conference campaign, but I write to call it to feminists’ attention so that a feminist perspective may at least be suggested to be brought to bear on population, future generations, and the ethics of deciding the values of potential lives. (If you’re thinking, “oh, I’m not qualified,” then go re-read that paper you wrote on abortion or birth control, and rethink your position!)
First Call for Papers
One-Day Workshop on Population Ethics
March 26, 2011
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Gustaf Arrhenius (Stockholm)
Ben Bradley (Syracuse)
Rahul Kumar (Queens University, Kingston)
How do we decide the optimal size of future population? What is the
value of a future individual’s life? What do we owe to future
individuals? Is social contract with future individuals possible? Is
it better or worse to add an extra person to the world? How do we
weigh the life of a present person and the life of a future person?
This workshop will offer an opportunity to discuss these fundamental
ethical questions and to examine the recent theoretical discussions
provoked by Derek Parfit (Reasons and Persons), John Broome (Weighing
Lives), Tim Mulgan (Future People) and so on.
We invite highly qualified papers on any aspect of population ethics.
Papers should be suitable for blind-review and no longer than 5,000
words. Please send paper (PDF file preferred) and a cover sheet
including author name, title of paper, institutional affiliation,
email address and abstract, to Iwao Hirose email@example.com
Travel expenses (up to C$1,000) and accommodation (up to 2 nights) for
speakers will be covered.
Deadline for submission: January 7, 2010
(Notification of acceptance by February 4, 2011)
For more information, visit https://home.mcgill.ca/aggregation/grants/health/population2011/
This workshop is organized by Iwao Hirose (McGill)