Two quick announcements, for those who haven’t seen these.

First, Russ Shafer-Landau has sent out the Call for Abstracts for the Fifth Annual Metaethics Workshop, to be held September 12-14th at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  The full call for abstracts appears below the fold.  (It is unfortunate that the Workshop and the meeting of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies will conflict.)

Second, Brian Leiter has opened discussion on his blog inquiring about recent developments in ethics.

From Russ Shafer-Landau

Dear Colleague,

I’m pleased to announce a call for abstracts for the Fifth Annual Metaethics Workshop, to be held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on September 12-14, 2008. Simon Blackburn Cambridge/UNC) and Joseph Raz (Columbia/Oxford) will be the keynote speakers. Abstracts (of 2-3 double-spaced pages) of papers in any area of metaethics are due by May 1. There is a limit of one submission per person. Speakers in the 2006 or 2007 workshop are not eligible to submit abstracts for this year’s event. A program committee will evaluate submissions and make decisions by early June.

Information on submitting an abstract, plus much other relevant information about the workshop, can be obtained at the workshop website:

All questions about the workshop may be directed to me. Please see the contact information below.

I would greatly appreciate your forwarding this email to colleagues and/or graduate students in your department, and to any other philosophers you believe might be interested in participating in the workshop.

Thanks very much, and hope to see you in Madison this autumn.

All good wishes,

Russ Shafer-Landau

Professor of Philosophy

University of Wisconsin

5185 Helen C. White Hall

Madison, WI 53706

608.263.3727 (office)

608.265.3701 (fax)