We meet regularly to discuss work in progress and recent publications on normativity, often with guests, in our research colloquium.

Talks, Workshops & Conferences

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Call for Abstracts: Rights and Reasons

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) …
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Call for Abstracts: “Normative Reasons, Explanation, and Grounding”

Call for abstracts Workshop: Normative Reasons, Explanation, and Grounding Bielefeld University, 24-25 October 2024 Confirmed speakers: Selim Berker (Harvard) John Broome (Oxford) Stephanie Leary (McGill) Olle Risberg (Uppsala) Eva Schmidt (Dortmund) The concept of a normative reason is often taken to be one of the key concepts to understanding normativity. Normative reasons, i.e., the factors that count in favor of (or against) actions or attitudes, are distinguished …
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Workshop “Reasons in Ethics and Epistemology”

On October 5th 2023, we held a workshop with Alexander (Sasha) Arridge, Anne Meylan, Thomas Schmidt and Mark Schroeder. Click here to download the workshop programme.
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Reasons in Ethics and Epistemology

Upcoming Workshop Speakers will be: Alexander Arridge (Oxford) Anne Meylan (Zurich) Thomas Schmidt (Humboldt) Mark Schroeder (Southern California) Registration deadline: 01 September 2023. Registration: normativity(at)uni-bielefeld(dot)de
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Stefan Fischer: Moral obligations without moral reasons

Abstract: Proponents of the reasons-first approach typically emphasize a central virtue of their approach: the unification of all normative phenomena in terms of reasons. In this talk, I focus on moral obligation and present two challenges for the attempt to understand obligation in terms of reasons. My first challenge is methodological: In order to understand obligation and its features (e.g., its categoricity) in terms of reasons, …
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

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