Improving Ourselves as Moral Agents: The Ethics and Neuroscience of Self-Control


In the spring of 2016, the philosophy unit at the University of Turku, Finland, will host unique opportunities for researchers and postgraduate students in the ethics and neuroscience of self-control. Our cluster group, “Improving Ourselves as Moral Agents”, is made possible by a prize from The Philosophy and Science of Self-Control research project, which is based at the University of Florida and directed by Alfred R. Mele.

Open to philosophers, neuroscientists and other scholars interested in the topic of self-control, our cluster group, “Improving Ourselves as Moral Agents”, is organized by Susanne Uusitalo, with Polaris Koi as co-coordinator. It explores both the wider conceptual issues in the research of self-control, and questions concerning self-control implied in the current ethical debate on moral enhancement. In addition to a reading group, a series of three interdisciplinary workshops is organized.

The workshops consist of a keynote talk and a series of presentations, giving participants in the study group and other interested persons a chance to present their ongoing research on the topic. Confirmed keynote speakers include Neil Levy (Oxford / Florey), Dorothee Horstkötter (Maastricht) and Tom Douglas (Oxford). Undergraduates are welcome to attend the keynote lectures.




Key dates

Reading group:
Deadline for signing up: Extended until January 5th, 2016
Starting date: January 11, 2016
Click here for details.


First workshop: Free Will and Self-Control
Deadline for submissions: December 20, 2015
Date: February 26, 2016
Keynote: Neil Levy
See programme here

Second workshop: The Concept of Self-Control
Deadline for submissions: Extended until March 4, 2016
Date: April 1st, 2016
Keynote: Dorothee Horstkötter
 See programme here

Third Workshop: Self-Control and Moral Enhancement
Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2016
Date: May 27, 2016
Keynote: Thomas Douglas
See programme here



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