Call For Papers - First Annual Bovay Engineering and Applied Ethics Workshop, College Station, Texas, 15 February 2016

PostedWednesday, November 11, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Oana Dumitrescu
Oana Dumitrescu


Technology and Nature



Holmes Rolston, III (Colorado State University)

J. Baird Callicott (University of North Texas)

Per Sandin (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Mark Coeckelbergh (University of Vienna)

Adam Briggle (University of North Texas)



Papers that investigate philosophical issues related to technology and nature (broadly conceived) are invited for the 2016 Bovay Engineering and Applied Ethics Workshop.  We welcome submission of papers from faculty of all ranks, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students.  Papers that are interdisciplinary will be considered as long as they have some philosophical merit.



The Bovay Engineering and Applied Ethics Workshop Series aims to develop a community of scholars and practitioners interested in applied ethics, especially on issues that affect engineering ethics.  The theme of the inaugural workshop is “Technology and Nature.” 


The workshop will highlight paper presentations from the invited participants, which will each be followed by extended discussion with other workshop participants.  We are expecting to set aside at least two sessions for papers received through the Call for Papers, schedule permitting.  The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion.


The Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, which will host the workshop, is internationally known for research in applied ethics.  The workshop is generously supported by the Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Foundation. 



The deadline for submission of abstracts for these sessions is 8 December 2015.  Please send your abstract of no more than 500 words in the body of an email message to with the subject line “Bovay Workshop Abstract.”  Notification of acceptance will be sent by 22 December 2015.  If the submissions outnumber the available slots, a selection will be made on the basis of the quality of the abstracts.  Some preference will be given to papers that address the workshop theme and engineering ethics.  In writing your abstract, please bear in mind that full papers from undergraduate and graduate students should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation, which will be followed by 10 minutes of Q&A; faculty papers should be suitable for a 30-minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.



The workshop will take place at the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.  The first session will start at 10:00 AM on Monday 15 February 2016, and the workshop will conclude around 6:00 PM on the same day.  Information about registration, the workshop venue, hotel bookings and other practical questions will be published soon.  There is no registration fee.  Some travel funding may be available for students whose abstracts are accepted.


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