[SydPhil] CFP 'The Virtues and Limits of Coherence in Moral and Legal Reasoning'.

Jeanette Kennett jeanette.kennett at mq.edu.au
Wed Jun 17 16:44:33 AEST 2015

*‘**The Virtues and Limits of Coherence in Moral and Legal Reasoning.’*

*Seminar Date:* August 11, 2015

*Seminar Venue:*

Blackshield Room, Macquarie School of Law

Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

*Topic areas*

·       Moral Philosophy <http://philevents.org/search/topic/595>

·       Jurisprudence <http://philevents.org/search/topic/613>

·       Epistemology and Cognitive Sciences


Coherent theories of moral and legal reasoning have become significant in
the last decades. These theories argue that decision-makers should develop
a scheme in which all reasons support each other and form a coherent whole.
Hence, the more reasons support a particular decision, the more likely it
is correct. However, coherent theories can be challenging as these require
agents to consider all possible norms and arguments before reaching a
decision. Also, a set of reasons may be entirely coherent but ethically
unjustifiable. In this way, the workshop aims to open a space for critical
analysis of the virtues and limits of coherence in moral and legal

The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together researchers
in moral and legal philosophy especially in the Australasian region, but
contributions from all continents are heartily welcomed.


Amalia Amaya will deliver the keynote.

Amalia is Research Fellow at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Her latest book *The Tapestry of Reason: An Inquiry into the Nature of
Coherence and its Role in Legal Argument* (Hart Publishing, 2015)
articulates an interdisciplinary coherence-based theory of legal reasoning.

*Deadline for abstracts (200-500 words): July 10, 2015*.

Abstracts should be in Word- or pdf-format, and sent to
rodrigo.camarena-gonzalez at students.mq.edu.au

We anticipate longer and shorter paper sessions. Feel free to indicate
which one is preferred. Academics and Ph.D. students are encouraged to

The workshop is organized under the auspices of the Macquarie Centre for
Values, Agency and Ethics (http://cave.mq.edu.au/home/),

For more information, please contact: Carlos Bernal-Pulido (
carlos.bernal-pulido at mq.edu.au and Rodrigo Camarena González (
rodrigo.camarena-gonzalez at students.mq.edu.au)

The organizing committee: Carlos Bernal-Pulido, Rodrigo Camarena González

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