Monday, October 11, 2010

Workshop on population ethics

One-Day Workshop on Population Ethics
March 26, 2011
McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Invited Speakers:
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:  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

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