New Scholarship on Population Ethics Conference Schedule

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New Scholarship in Population Ethics
Duke Law School Room 4000, April 24-25, 2017

Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes, followed by Q&A. Supporting material (working papers, powerpoints, etc.) will be available on the conference website. Presenters are listed below in italics. For logistical information about the conference, please contact Victoria Zellefrow at For questions about conference content, please contact Matthew Adler,

Monday, April 24, 2017:

8:00-8:30 Breakfast and Registration
8:30-10:10 Session 1
  Walter Bossert (University of Montreal): “Critical-Level Utilitarianism: An Overview”
  Gustaf Arrhenius (Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm University):  “Population Ethics Under Risk" (co-authored with Orri Stefansson) 
  Chair: Matthew Adler, Duke Law School 
10:10-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:10 Session 2
  Krister Bykvist (Stockholm University): “Impossibility Theorems in Population Ethics: An ‘All or Nothing’ Affair”
  Serena Olsaretti (Pompeu Fabra University): "Intergenerational Justice and the Rights and Duties of Procreators”
  Chair: Gopal Sreenivasan, Duke University
12:10-1:10 Lunch
1:10-2:50 Session 3
  Melinda Roberts (The College of New Jersey): “Axiology, Accessibility, and Nonidentity”
  Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund University): “Getting Personal - The Intuition of Neutrality Reinterpreted”
  Chair: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Duke University 
2:50-3:10 Coffee Break
3:10-4:50 Session 4
  Alex Voorhoeve (London School of Economics): “Equality for Possible People: A Defense”

Ralf Bader (Oxford University): “The Asymmetry in Population Ethics”

  Chair: Jeff Sebo, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-10:10 Session 5
  David Wasserman (National Institutes of Health): “Making Happy People: Moral Reasons without Moral Duties”

Johann Frick (Princeton University): “Conditional Reasons and the Procreation Asymmetry"

  Chair: Jennifer Hawkins, Duke University 
10:10-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:10 Session 6
  Elizabeth Harman (Princeton University): "Gamete Donation as a Laudable Moral Mistake"
  Campbell Brown (London School of Economics): “Temporal Definitions of a Life Worth Living”
  Chair: Geoff Sayre-McCord, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
12:10-1:10 Lunch
1:10-2:50 Session 7
  Michael Otsuka (London School of Economics): “How it Makes a Moral Difference that One is Worse off than One Could Have Been”
  Matt Adler (Duke University): “Claims across Outcomes and Population Ethics”
  ChairGustaf Arrhenius, Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm University









There will be parking for the conference in the Science Drive Visitor Lot across the street from the Fuqua School of Business (next door to the Law School) on Science Drive, between NC 751 and Whitford Drive. Additional parking will be available in Parking Garage 4.  Additional parking information can be found here.



Victoria Zellefrow
(919) 613-8545