Category Archives: RoME

Collective Duties to Future Generations

AD729C7C-B99D-00B4-7B5CE1EDD36771D1Marcus Hedahl is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the United States Naval Academy.  At this year’s Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, his second, Professor Hedahl gave a talk called “Owing it to Us: How Directed Duties to Collectives Can Inform Collective Responsibility for Future Generations”.  What follows is a short piece based on that paper that Professor Hedahl wrote specifically for What’s Wrong?  It is a draft of a work in progress and should not be cited without his permission.

(image: Half Dome at Yosemite National Park)

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Modelling Sex/Gender

One of the highlights of the annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress is the Friday and Saturday afternoon poster sessions.  Shortly after the last talks of the morning end, RoME participants head to a large room where they can talk about a wide variety of subjects with presenters who are displaying posters that outline the key points of projects they are currently working on.  At this year’s RoME, which ended this past Sunday, What’s Wrong? conducted a handful of interviews with presenters whose projects seemed likely to be of particular interest to its readers.  In the interview presented here, Helen L. Daly (Colorado College) discusses her project on “Modelling Sex/Gender”.  As she notes in the discussion, how we decide to distinguish between male and female has practical implications in a broad range of cases including decisions about who should be allowed to compete as a female in athletic competitions and about whether women’s colleges should admit transgendered students.  What’s Wrong? thanks Professor Daly for taking the time to discuss her project (and apologizes for the background noise at RoME that is unfortunately audible at points during the interview).

Ink, Ethics, and Expression

E.M. Dadlez, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma whose work explores the intersection of aesthetics, ethics and epistemology, has presented at the annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress every year since the conference’s inception in 2008.  At this year’s RoME, which ended last night, Professor Dadlez gave a talk called “Ink, Ethics and Expression: Philosophical Questions about Tattoos”.  Her talk was part of a larger piece on the philosophy of tattoos that is scheduled to appear in a forthcoming issue of Philosophy Compass, and What’s Wrong? is grateful to Wiley Publishers for their permission to post a shorter version of that piece here.  The text that follows is under copyright with Wiley, and What’s Wrong? plans to add more reports from RoME over the next few weeks.                                                             (image: Nordic Wolf)

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Greetings from RoME!


The eighth annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress gets underway here in Boulder this afternoon with a keynote address by Richard Arneson (UCSD) and a number of additional talks on a wide variety of subjects.  Sponsored  by the University of Colorado Philosophy Department’s Center for Values and Social Policy, the international conference continues through Sunday and will include two more keynote addresses (Nancy Sherman (Georgetown) and Shelly Kagan (Yale)), two poster sessions, and many more additional talks.

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