Southampton will be hosting two workshops in June. On Friday 13th June, there will be a workshop on Epistemic and Practical Normativity. On Wednesday 18th June, there will be a workshop on Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Ethics and Epistemology. See below the fold for more details.

Friday 13th June:  Epistemic and Practical Normativity: Substantive Connections

Speakers: Maria Alvarez (KCL), Matthew McGrath (Missouri), Baron Reed (Northwestern), Jonathan Way and Daniel Whiting (Southampton)

Respondents: Amy Flowerree (Northwestern), Robin McKenna (Geneva), Kurt Sylvan (Southampton), Alex Worsnip (Yale).

This is the first workshop of the AHRC-funded ‘Normativity: Epistemic and Practical’ project. The workshop will focus on the issues of whether/how practical considerations bear on what one ought to believe, and whether/how epistemic considerations bear on how one ought to act. Questions include, though are not limited to:

– Do the sorts of considerations which provide reasons for action also provide reasons for belief?
– Does the practical importance of what you believe bear on what you should or may believe?
– Is it permissible to have a belief that one ought not to act on?
– Does what one ought to do depend on the facts of one’s situation or on the evidence?

For more details on the Normativity: Epistemic and Practical project, see:

To register, contact Conor McHugh ( by 1st June. 


Wednesday 18th June: Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Ethics and Epistemology Workshop I

Speakers:  Rebecca Roache (Oxford);  Angela Fenwick (Southampton); Rose Wiles (Southampton); Rosamund Scott (KCL); Hazel Biggs (Southampton).

In applied ethics, much has been written in relation to pregnancy – based either on a conception of pregnancy as the ‘hosting of a stranger’, or focusing on the rights of the foetus whilst disregarding that foetus’s existence as intertwined with that of its mother. Neither of these two approaches takes the unique physical, relation and transformative state of pregnancy seriously. Pregnancy also raises epistemological issues. Does the radically transformative character of pregnancy mean that those who have never been pregnant are excluded from certain kinds of knowledge about pregnancy and its consequences? And are pregnant women taken seriously now as knowers and testifiers?  These epistemological issues have important implications for the appropriate way to approach the ethical debate.

For more details see:

To register please email Fiona Woollard ( and Elselijn Kingma ( (please include both addresses in your email) by 1st June.