Call for Papers for Death: Its Meaning, Metaphysics, and Morality Conference

Newcastle University Exhibit

A new call for papers for the conference, Death: Its Meaning, Metaphysics, and Morality, held at Newcastle University (UK) on July 6-7, 2011. Keynote speakers include Ben Bradley (Syracuse University, USA) and Mary Midgley (Newcastle University, UK).

This conference focuses on the meaning, metaphysics, and morality of death. Conference heads encourage authors to submit abstracts on topics related to the conference theme, such as:

  • Is death ‘bad’ for those who die?
  • Is immortality desirable?
  • What constitutes the end of a life?
  • Is death a state of being or a process of extinction?
  • In what, if any, sense might our death be a harm for us?
  • May we posthumously harm the dead?
  • Are rights for the living alone? Do the dead have rights?
  • Do we have obligations to the dead?
  • What is the relationship between death and existence?
  • Does a life of integrity or authenticity require a certain kind of orientation toward one’s own death?

Abstracts should be between 150-300 words and submitted by Monday, February 28, 2011 to Thom Brooks ( Please contact Brooks if you have any questions.

This conference is sponsored by the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics at Georgia State University and the Newcastle Ethics, Legal, and Political Philosophy (NELPP) Group at Newcastle University.

IMAGE: The image above is one of many shown in the exhibit, Coming of Age: The Art & Science of Ageing at the Great North Museum, Hancock, Newcastle University.

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