Ethics and Explanation 2013: Explanation in Mathematics and Ethics, University of Nottingham, 18th-19th January 2013.

The theme for the conference is ‘Explanation in Mathematics and Ethics’. The aim of the conference is to investigate: (i) the connections between indispensability-type arguments in mathematics and ethics; (ii) connections between evolutionary debunking-style arguments in mathematics and ethics and (iii) more generally, other connections between the two areas that touch on the issue of explanation. Abstracts should fall under the themes of the conference (broadly construed).

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Justin Clarke-Doane (Monash)
  • Mark Colyvan (Sydney)
  • Helen De Cruz (Leuven)
  • Mary Leng (York)
  • Hallvard Lillehammer (Cambridge)
  • Juha Saatsi (Leeds)

Deadline for submitting an abstract (no more than 1000 words) is Sunday, 4th of November 2012. Please send abstracts to: Abstracts will be evaluated by a committee comprising members of the Philosophy Department at Nottingham.  Accepted speakers will be expected to talk for 40-50 minutes, and will have all UK-based travel and accommodation expenses paid.

Notification of acceptance: Monday, 3rd of December. Additional information can be found on the conference website here:  Anyone with interest in attending the Ethics and Explanation Conference is invited to submit a letter indicating their interest in commenting/chairing a session to This conference is the opening event for a three-year AHRC funded project entitled “From Ethics to Explanation and Back Again” (some details here: If you’d like to be included on the project mailing list (information on project progress and various project-related events) please email:

This conference is supported by the AHRC, the Mind Association, and the Aristotelian Society.