Call for Abstracts: Rational Action and Moral Agency (NormativitĂ  Pratica 2021 Workshop, 11 June 2021)


Rational Action and Moral Agency

Collegio Ghislieri, Pavia, 11 June 2021


Keynote Speaker

Micheal Smith (Princeton University)

Three Conceptions of Agency

Call for Papers

The workshop is organized as a part of the activities of the Area of Practical Philosophy within the “Centre for Communication and Research” of the Collegio Ghislieri in Pavia. It originates from the experience of the Permanent Seminar on Practical Normativity established in 2016 ( with the sponsorship of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy. The aim of the group is to provide a forum where scholars working in the field of practical philosophy can meet, study, and discuss a variety of issues in metaethics, philosophy of law, political philosophy, philosophy of action, theories of justification and the public order, moral philosophy and applied ethics.

We now invite paper proposals that engage, inter alia, with the following issues:

  • Moral agreement and disagreement;
  • Constitutivism about practical reasons;
  • Conceptions of agency;
  • Ideal conditions on rational agency;
  • Moral constraints on deliberation;
  • Moral obligations;
  • Practical normativity;
  • Moral knowledge.


Paper proposals (500 words max) should be prepared for blind review and submitted electronically by May 1st, 2021 at

Decisions will be made and communicated by May 15th, 2021.

Given the current global pandemic this workshop will be held online. The link to the workshop will be provided along with the finalized program after May 15th.

For more information, please see the workshop website:

The conference is sponsored by the SIFA – Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy ( and the PhD program FINO –Northwestern Italian Philosophy Consortium (

Call for Abstracts XIV Convegno Nazionale della SocietĂ  Italiana di Filosofia Analitica: “Shaping the future: What’s the Role of Philosophy?” (Noto (SR), 22-24 Settembre 2021)

Shaping the Future: What Is the Role of Philosophy?


14th Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA)

22-24 September 2021, Noto (SR), Italy

Palazzo Carlo Giavanti, Via A. Sofia, 78, Noto (SR), Italy



The Conference will be held both in presence and online, depending on the pandemic situation and Government regulations (which we shall monitor constantly).


The Conference is open to all topics and themes in the analytic tradition, and will host five special topic symposia.





Plenary Speakers

Elizabeth Fricker (University of Oxford)

Dan Sperber (Institut Nicod, Paris)

Sarah Stroud (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)


Confirmed Keynote Address Speakers 

  • Aesthetics: Enrico Terrone (University of Genova)
  • Epistemology: Marian David (Karl-Franzens Universität, Graz)
  • History of Philosophy: Anna Marmodoro (Durham University and University of Oxford)
  • Logic & Philosophy of Science: Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh)
  • Metaphysics: Francesco Orilia (University of Macerata)
  • Moral Philosophy: Mario De Caro (University Roma Tre and Tufts University)
  • Philosophy of Action: Luca Ferrero (University of California, Riverside)
  • Philosophy of Language: Claudia Bianchi (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan)
  • Philosophy of Law: Aldo Schiavello (University of Palermo)
  • Philosophy of Mind: Ernie Lepore (Rutgers University)
  • Political Philosophy: Miriam Ronzoni (University of Manchester)


The conference will host the following five special topic symposia:

  • Becoming Familiar with Robots: Antonio Chella (University of Palermo), Pim Haselager (Radboud University Nijmegen and Donders Institute), Pietro Perconti (University of Messina)
  • Cognitive Liberty: Philosophy Meets New Brain Technologies: Andrea Lavazza (CUI Arezzo, chair), Christoph Bublitz (University of Hamburg),Marcello Ienca (ETH Zurich), Massimo Reichlin (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan)
  • Ontological Pluralism and the Arts: Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland, College Park), Enrico Terrone (LOGOS Research Group in Analytic Philosophy), Chiara Palazzolo e Mario De Caro (University Roma Tre), Elisa Caldarola (University of Padova)
  • Practical Reasoning: Jeremy Fix (University of Oxford), Caroline Arruda (University of Texas), Lilian O’Brien (University of Helsinki)
  • Truth: The Legacy of Frank P. Ramsey: Stefano Caputo (University of Sassari), Ciro De Florio (UniversitĂ  Cattolica, Milan), Massimo Dell’Utri (University of Sassari), Giovanni Tuzet (Bocconi University


The SIFA invites contributions for the following PARALLEL SESSIONS:

  1. Aesthetics
  2. Epistemology
  3. History of Philosophy
  4. Logic & Philosophy of Science
  5. Metaphysics
  6. Moral Philosophy
  7. Philosophy of Action
  8. Philosophy of Language
  9. Philosophy of Law
  10. Philosophy of Mind
  11. Political Philosophy



Submissions will be blind-refereed and selected on the basis of quality and philosophical significance.

Contributed papers will be scheduled for a 30 minute presentation + 10 minute discussion.

Abstracts must be written in English and prepared for blind review: any self-reference and personal data should be suppressed. Abstracts should indicate the title of the paper and the parallel session for which it is submitted or a clear reference to the symposium. Please select parallel sessions among the conference topics. Abstracts should also indicate whether, in case of acceptance, the Authors are willing to deliver the talk in-presence or only online.

Please submit a short abstract of 300 words, and a long abstract of no more than 1000 words (references included).

Long abstracts should not only contain the position defended or the issue discussed, but also indicate the outline of the argument.

  • Submission is made through the EasyChair website (see Guidelines below)*.

Please select only one parallel session for your submission.

Please note: Abstracts submitted last year for the cancelled Conference will not be taken into consideration. If you submitted an abstract last year, please resubmit.



Notification of acceptance is expected by June 20th, 2021


(*) Guidelines for EasyChair submission

The EasyChair login page for SIFA2021 is at:

First-time users need to register as users of EasyChair.

To submit, please prepare your short abstract for blind review, and save your extended abstract as a PDF file. Then follow the link to our Conference System. Note that ‘Paper’ refers to your extended abstract.


YOUNG SCHOLAR PRIZES: Up to four SIFA bursaries of 250 euros each will be awarded to young scholars on the basis of the quality of the extended abstracts. Master and PhD students, and young scholars (max. 5 years from PhD award) not permanently affiliated to higher education institutions are eligible for the prize. In addition to regular submission, select “SIFA Young Scholar Prize” among the conference topics on EasyChair and send a short CV to — YOUNG SCHOLAR PRIZE should be in the object of the email.



NB: In order to take part in the Conference, SIFA members should have paid the 2021 subscription.

In-person participation in the conference is subject to the following registration fee.

If paid BEFORE August 8th, 2021:

Euro 50,00: faculty

Euro 25,00: others

If paid AFTER August 8th, 2021:

Euro 70,00: faculty

Euro 35,00: others


Early registration will be open on: July 1st, 2021.

Conference fee includes: registration, conference materials, and coffee breaks.

NB: The conference fee does not include the conference dinner.

Registration and payment for the conference dinner will be available as a separate option on the registration page in due course.

In the eventuality that the Conference is held only online because of the Coronavirus emergency, there will be no fees to pay, but participants should register as members of the SIFA (


Conference website

Conference Venue

Palazzo Carlo Giavanti, Via A. Sofia, 78, Noto (SR), Italy



All inquiries concerning the submission of abstracts should be addressed to:



  • Deadline for submission: May 2nd, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: June 20th, 2021
  • Registration opens: July 1st, 2021
  • Early registration deadline: August 8th, 2021



Carla Bagnoli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia/Oslo), Sofia Bonicalzi (University Roma Tre), Andrea Borghini (University of Milano), Domenica Bruni (University of Messina), Alessandro Capone (University of Messina), Marco Carapezza (University of Palermo), Massimiliano Carrara (University of Padova), Bianca Cepollaro (University San Raffaele, Milano), Massimo Dell’Utri (University of Sassari), Elisabetta Galeotti (University of Eastern Piedmont), Benedetta Giovanola (University of Macerata), Samuele Iaquinto (University of Turin), Federica Liveriero (University of Pavia), Cristina Meini (University of Eastern Piedmont), Pietro Perconti (University of Messina)



University of Messina, Dept. of Cognitive Science, Education and Cultural Studies (COSPECS), Consorzio Universitario Mediterraneo Orientale (CUMO)


Philosophy Seminars Roma Tre University – Mind and Ethics


INVITED SPEAKERS: Robert Audi, Jeff Behrend, John Basl, Daniel Dennett, Fiona Ellis, John Cottingham, David Gray Grant, Philip Kitcher, Barry Levinson, Sofia Miguens, Jane O’Dea

Organizers: Sofia Bonicalzi, Mario De Caro, Benedetta Giovanola

29.01.2021, 17:00, Jeff Behrend (Harvard University), John Basl (Northeastern University), David Gray Grant (UTSA)
What We Owe to Decision Subjects: Beyond Transparency and Explanation in Automated Decision-Making

Moral concern with the use of “black box” systems in high-stakes decision-making contexts has largely centered around transparency: what it is, whether it can be secured in automated systems, and what to do if it cannot. We argue that centering transparency in the moral evaluation of automated decision-making is problematic, and potentially obscures rather than illuminates what is of central more importance. By beginning with a broader look at what we owe to decision subjects generally, we are able to distinguish two kinds of consideration that they are owed: evidential and moral. Giving due consideration of each kind sometimes requires that a system be transparent, but both the kind and degree of transparency depend on the fundamental normative considerations at play in a given context. Grounding our moral appraisal at that level, rather than beginning with transparency and reasoning outward from it, offers a more promising path forward.

Link to participate here:

10.02.2021, 17:00, Philip Kitcher (Columbia University)
On Moral Progress

12.02.2021, 17:00, Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame & the ACU)
Action, Manner, and Motive: Two Dimensions of Moral Conduct

Philosophical literature in normative ethics has often concentrated on (1) what we should do—what acts we should perform (as is central for Mill’s utilitarianism)—or (2) the role of motivation in appraising agents and actions (as is important in Kant’s ethics). Far less philosophical attention has been paid to a third dimension of human behavior: the manner in which actions are performed. The manner of an action can be morally right or wrong, an object of intention, and a kind of behavior for a reason. This presentation will first explore the metaphysics of manners of action, argue that they do not reduce to kinds of actions, and illustrate how they are morally important. It will then explore whether motivation is parallel to manner in being (apparently) a higher-order property of action. Is it true that, just as one can, at will, do certain deeds in a particular manner, one can, at will, do certain things for a particular reason? This question is crucial for understanding ethics. Kant, for instance, denies moral worth even to right acts when they are performed for the wrong kind of reason. Should he be read, then, as holding that our basic obligation is not just to fulfill our obligations but to fulfill them for the right reason(s)?

26.02.2021, 17:00, Daniel Dennett (Tufts University)
The Role of Consciousness in Self-Control

26.03.2021 17:00, John Cottingham (University of Reading, University of Roehampton, & University of Oxford)
Naturalism and the Presence of God

23.04.2021 17:00, Fiona Ellis (University of Roehampton, London)
Desire and the Meaning of Life

19.03.2021, 17:00, Jerry Levinson (University of Maryland)
Sublime Music

16.04.2021 17:00, Jane O’Dea (University of Lethbridge, Canada)
On musical interpretation

30.04.2021 17:00, Sofia Miguens (Universidade do Porto)

CALL FOR PAPERS 19th Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy, 17th and 18th September 2021