2nd Annual Chapel Hill Metaethics Workshop

September 9-11, 2016

To download a copy of each paper, please click the paper title.


FRIDAY              SEPTEMBER 9              HYDE HALL

9am – 10:15am          AMELIA HICKS (Kansas State)

Moral Uncertainty and Value Comparison

Chair: Andrew Alwood (VCU)


10:45am – Noon        TEEMU TOPPINEN (Helsinki)

Non-naturalism Gone Quasi: Explaining the Necessary Connections between the Natural and the Normative

Chair: Abby Jaques (MIT)


1:45pm – 3pm            ADAM LERNER (Princeton)

The Puzzle of Pure Moral Motivation

Chair: Camil Golub (NYU)


3:30 – 4:45pm            JACK WOODS (Leeds)

The Authority of Formality

Chair: Christine Tiefensee (Frankfurt)


5:15pm – 6:30pm       NOMY ARPALY (Brown)

It Ain’t Necessarily So

Chair: Justin Snedegar (St. Andrews)


8pm-11pm       DRINKS PARTY (cash bar); no registration required

Lobby, Franklin Hotel, 311 W. Franklin Street



9am – 10:15am          ERROL LORD (Penn)

How to Learn about Aesthetics and Morality through Acquaintance and Testimony

Chair: Annette Bryson (Michigan)


10:45am – Noon        DEBBIE ROBERTS (Edinburgh)

Why Should We Believe in Normative Supervenience?

Chair: Robert Shanklin (Santa Clara)


1:45pm – 3pm            MATT BEDKE (UBC)

Non-Cognitivism and Roads Untraveled

Chair: Iskra Fileva (Colorado)


3:30pm – 4:45pm       NEIL SINCLAIR (Nottingham)

Belief Pills and the Possibility of Moral Epistemology

**WINNER, Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics**

Chair: Zoë Johnson King (Michigan)


5:15pm – 6:30pm       ALEX WORSNIP (UNC)

The Metaethics of Coherence

Chair: Brendan de Kenessy (MIT)


7pm – 9pm         WORKSHOP BANQUET (pre-registration required; please click here to register)

Mediterranean Deli, 401 W. Franklin St.



9:30am – 10:45am     DEREK BAKER (Lingnan)

Skepticism about Ought Simpliciter

Chair: Rachel Johnson (Trinity)


11:15am – 12:30pm   TRISTRAM McPHERSON (Ohio State)

Authoritatively Normative Concepts

Chair: Eric Sampson (UNC)


1pm                             LUNCH (optional); no registration required

Guru Indian Restaurant, 508 W. Franklin St.


Click here to download a copy of the workshop program.