1st Global Conference: Ethics in Everyday Life

Venue: Salzburg

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Event Date/Time: Mar 17, 2009 End Date/Time: Mar 17, 2009
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1st Global Conference Ethics in Everyday Life Tuesday 17th March - Thursday 19th March 2009 Salzburg, Austria Call for Papers On any given day each one of us faces a plethora of decisions from the mundane to the significant. Many of these decisions involve ethical dimensions (that is, ethical in the sense of having to do with morality, not merely particular professional codes of conduct). Ethical considerations have an impact on how we conduct ourselves at work as well as how we deal with our personal interactions with lovers, family, friends, neighbours, acquaintances, and strangers. Choices about what (if any) type of car we should drive, what clothes we should wear, and what food we should eat all can be laden with moral import. Thus questions of how we do think about ethical matters and questions of how we should think about them can have a profound impact on all of our lives. This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference will explore the role, character, nature and place of ethics in everyday life. It will examine how ethical considerations do, can, and should play a part in our daily lives. To encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations. Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on issues on or broadly related to any of the following themes: 1. What sorts of decisions in our personal lives do we identify as moral or ethical ones? How do we distinguish and balance moral considerations from non-moral ones in those decisions? How wide a range of everyday, mundane activities should be regarded as raising ethical questions? 2. What ways do we think about ethical questions? How do considerations of justice or of care play a role? Do utilitarian, virtue-based, or duty-based considerations influence how we think about ethical issues? Should they? 3. What significance does how people do think about ethical decisions have for the question of how they should think about them? 4. What role does religion play in shaping moral aspects of character? Do religious traditions influence secular thinking about ethics? 5. What ethical demands do personal relationships with family or friends place on us? Does the role of parent or spouse create particular ethical responsibilities? What special ethical considerations do sexual relationships involve? Do we also have ethical obligations to strangers, whether they are from our society or more distant ones, that conflict with our obligations to friends and lovers? 6. What special moral obligations over and above profession-specific codes of ethics do we face based on our occupations? How do we balance these moral demands with our other moral obligations? 7. How does moral education effect our ethical thinking and ethical behaviour as adults? How should ethical issues be addressed in the education of children? What is the typical pattern of moral development for people as they grow up? 8. How does ethical thinking vary from culture to culture, from society to society, or in different historical eras? Can the ways people conceive of ethical questions in cultures or in times different from ours be criticized by us? 9. How are ethical questions of everyday life portrayed in literature, art, or music? Do these accurately reflect real ethical questions? Can these represent

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