2020 Ethics Conference

Conference: March 7-8, 2020, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA

This conference, which is supported by Washington and Lee University's Roger Mudd Center for Ethics, is the only open undergraduate conference in the country solely dedicated to the academic study of ethical issues. All accepted speakers will not only have the opportunity to present their papers at the conference, but also to have them published in the The Mudd Journal of Ethics.  

Conference Schedule:

Saturday, March 7, 2:00 to 6:00 pm, Hillel Multi-Purpose Room

2:00-2:40 pm:  "From GHG to GCG: The individual Moral Obligation to Act on Climate Change," by Ilana Cohen, Harvard University

2:40-2:50 pm:  BREAK

2:50-3:30 pm:  "Meritocracy and its Effect on Distributive Justice," by Charlotte Radcliffe, Washington and Lee University

3:30-3:40 pm:  BREAK

3:40-4:20 pm:  "Shall We Not Revenge?," by Jake Beardsley, College of William and Mary

4:20-4:30 pm:  BREAK

4:30-6:00 pm:  Keynote Address:  "Adopt a Theory, Obey a Code, Follow your Gut, or Ask the Right Questions? A 'DecisionScience' Approach to Ethical Decision Making," by Dr. Bill Hawk, Professor of Philosophy at James Madison University

Sunday, March 8, 9:00 to 10:30 am, Hillel Multi-Purpose Room

9:00-9:40 am:  "A Duty to Live: Kant on Suicide," by Woojin Lim, Harvard University

9:40-9:50:  BREAK

9:50-10:30 am:  "Stoic Eudaimonia: Can Mental Health Rightfully be Considered an 'Indifferent'?," by Brooklyne Oliveira, Washington and Lee University

Call for Papers - Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be accepted from undergraduates from any university and from any discipline.  Submissions should contain two documents with the following content:

Document 1: Manuscript Title Document

Must include the following:

  • Manuscript title
  • Author's name
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Graduation year
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
Document 2: Manuscript Document

Prepared for blind review (please remove any identifying information). All manuscripts must:

  • Make a normative ethical claim
  • Include an abstract not exceeding 200 words
  • Contain no more than 3000 words
  • Contain citation information in Chicago Style with endnotes (note: manuscripts in other formats may be submitted and accepted on condition that they be altered by the author to Chicago Style upon acceptance)

Please submit both documents by email with the Subject Line "Mudd Journal of Ethics Submission" by December 31, 2019 to muddjournal@gmail.com.

The manuscripts will be blind-reviewed by our journal's editorial team. Notification of acceptance to the journal and the conference will be made via email in late January.

Please also feel free to email the editors at muddjournal@gmail.com if you have any questions.