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The 12th Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies (ISUS) will be held on Wednesday August 8 – Saturday August 11, 2012 at New York University, Stern School of Business, 40-44 West 4th Street, New York, New York.

ISUS XII welcomes proposals for papers and proposals for sessions on all subjects related to utilitarianism including moral philosophy, economics, psychology, political theory, intellectual history, environment, law and jurisprudence.

To submit a proposal, please submit an abstract of about 400 words for a 15-20 minute paper or a proposal of about 600 words for a session of three to four papers (together with the abstracts of the session papers) no later than March 15, 2012 to Proposals should include the title and subject of each paper, presenter’s name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and any technology requests.

Important dates: Deadline for proposal submissions: March 15, 2012. Notification of accepted/rejected proposals: May 1, 2012. Deadline for sending full papers: July 15, 2012.

The Committee of ISUS will award a prize of £250 for the best paper presented at the Conference by a graduate student.

Opening Keynote Address
Roger Crisp (Oxford University, Philosophy)
‘What is Utilitarianism?’

Neuroscience and Ethics Panel
Principal speaker: Joshua Greene (Harvard University, Psychology)
Chair: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University, Philosophy)

Jeremy Bentham in the History of Political Thought
Principal Speaker: David Armitage (Harvard University, History)
Chair: Philip Schofield (University College London)

History of Utilitarian Thought
Principal Speaker: James Moore (Concordia University, Political Science)
‘Hume’s influence on the development of utilitarianism’

Environment and Utilitarianism
Principal speaker: Tim Mulgan (University of St Andrews, Philosophy)
‘Ethics for a Broken World’
The International Society for Utilitarian StudiesISUS – provides a forum for scholarly debate and research on utilitarianism and its historical development, and on its present-day relevance in such fields as ethics, law, economics, political theory, and public policy.

ISUS also publishes the journal Utilitas, a leading international review presenting original research in all aspects of utilitarian theory and encompassing the disciplines of moral philosophy, economics, psychology, political theory, intellectual history, law and jurisprudence.