John Brunero and I are running a conference on Practical Reason and Metaethics, here in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 21st to 23rd. Speakers include Michael Bratman (Stanford), Stephen Darwall (Yale), Jonathan Drake (Texas), Amelia Hicks (Kansas State), Chris Howard (Arizona), Sarah McGrath (Princeton), Barry Maguire (UNC), and Sigrún Svavarsdóttir (Tufts). There were over 75 submissions for the refereed program and we expect it to be a very good conference.

There will be a free conference dinner Friday night and a party Saturday, so please register if you are coming by sending an email to stating that you plan on attending. There’s no fee to attend.

The conference website is Further information and the schedule is below the fold.

Conference Program

Friday, April 22
Speaker: Sigrún Svavarsdóttir (Tufts)
“The Rationality of Ends”
Chair:Daniel Wodak (Princeton)

Speaker: Amelia Hicks (Kansas State),
“Moral Uncertainty and Moral Fetishism”
Chair: Alida Liberman (Western Ontario)

12:35-2:30 LUNCH BREAK

Speaker: Barry Maguire (North Carolina),
“There are no Reasons for Attitudes”
Chair: Avery Archer (George Washington)

Speaker: Stephen Darwall (Yale),
“What Are Moral Reasons?”
Chair: Caroline Arruda (UTEP)

7:00 (?) CONFERENCE BANQUET (Great Plains Center)

Saturday, April 23
Speaker: Sarah McGrath (Princeton),
“How Do Levels of Generality Matter for Philosophical Theorizing?”
Chair: Andrew Sepielli (Toronto)

Speaker: Jonathan Drake (Texas),
“False Reasons, Fine Explanations”
Chair: Luca Ferrero (Wisconsin – Milwaukee)

12:35-2:30 LUNCH BREAK

Speaker: Chris Howard (Arizona),
“The Fundamentality of Fit”

Speaker: Michael Bratman (Stanford),
“The Rational Dynamics of Planning Agency”

8:00 PARTY (Mark’s House)


We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott in Lincoln’s historic Haymarket District, which is a short walk to the University. The group rate is $114+tax. Reservations at the group rate must be made by 3/31/16. You can reserve a room by calling 402-904-4800, or 1-877-699-3214 FREE. Please tell them that you’re with the UNL Philosophy Conference Group in order to receive the group rate.

Getting Here:

You can fly into Lincoln Airport (LNK), which is 4.8 miles (approximately a 10 minute drive) from the Courtyard Marriott. Estimated taxi fare is $19 one way. The Courtyard Marriott also offers complimentary, on request, Airport Shuttle Service to and from LNK. (Call 402-904-4800 when you land. Look for the yellow and green Marriott shuttle. Wait times could be around 10 minutes.)

Another option is to fly into Omaha’s Eppley Airfield (OMA), which is 62 miles (approximately a 60 minute drive) from the Courtyard Marriott in Lincoln. Transportation by car or van between Omaha and Lincoln can be arranged through OMALiNK, which usually runs around $50 one-way. Let us know if you are doing this and we may be able to coordinate a ride-share with another conference attendee.


If you have a disability that may require accommodation in order to present a paper, follow the presentations, or otherwise fully participate in the conference please let us know, preferably several weeks before the conference so that we can make suitable arrangements.