Call for Abstracts: Rights and Reasons

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Workshop: Rights and Reasons Bielefeld University, 16–17 January 2025

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Joseph Bowen (University of Leeds)
  • Rowan Cruft (University of Stirling)
  • Adina Preda (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Laura Valentini (LMU, Munich)
  • Ariel Zylberman (University at Albany, SUNY)

Moral rights occupy a central place in contemporary moral theorizing. At the same time, a promising hypothesis in the theory of normativity is that normative phenomena (including moral phenomena) can be explained in terms of reasons, i.e., in terms of the factors that count in favour of actions or attitudes. The aim of this workshop is to investigate and discuss the relation between moral rights and normative reasons.

The workshop will focus on (but is not limited to) questions such as the following:

  • What are the connections between moral rights, moral duties, and moral reasons?
  • Can rights be analysed in terms of reasons or should rights be regarded as reason-providing?
  • What (if anything) do reasons-based analyses of rights imply for the justification of moral rights and for first-order moral theory?
  • What can our best accounts of moral rights contribute to our understanding of normative reasons?

There is a small number of slots available for contributions that will be selected from an open call for abstracts. Please send your abstract as a PDF file prepared for blind refereeing accompanied by a separate file containing your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information to

Word limit: 500-1,000 words (including notes but excluding bibliography). Papers should be suitable for a 40-minute presentation.

Deadline: July 1st, 2024.

We encourage PhD students and individuals from underrepresented groups to submit. For those without access to travel funds, we can offer a contribution of up to 300 EUR for accommodation and travelling costs.

This workshop is hosted by the ERC-funded project ‘The Structure of Normativity’ (

Organizers: Dmitry Ananiev and Benjamin Kiesewetter

Please direct your inquiries to: dmitry[dot]ananiev[at]uni-bielefeld[dot]de.

ERC Grant “The Structure of Normativity”

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Kiesewetter
Chair of Practical Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

Bielefeld University
P/O 100131, 33501 Bielefeld
Email: normativity(at)uni-bielefeld(dot)de

Design & Development: Studio Nina Reisinger