Conscience and Moral Consciousness

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Conference Announcement and call for papers
Conference on "Conscience and Moral Consciousness"
7th June 2014, 9.30-5.45pm 

Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road, Oxford

Plenary speakers
Julia Driver (St. Louis)

Terry Irwin (Oxford)

The Conference
This interdisciplinary conference, which is organized by the TORCH Affections and Ethics network at Oxford University, brings together philosophers, theologians, and scholars working in literature, history and political theory as well as other disciplines to examine the role of conscience for our moral self-understanding. The 'voice of conscience' has not only been regarded as a central source of moral cognition by many philosophers and theologians, but has also been of persistent fascination for psychologically interested writers. In addition, conscience is widely attributed special normative significance with regard to legal and political issues in pluralistic societies. But the debates about these questions have been led mostly in parallel and without the necessary interconnections between the disciplines. The conference aims to cover a wide range of topics connected to conscience, in order to show how they bear upon each other and to further mutual understanding among the people participating in the different discourses.

Call for papers:

The conference will have two plenary talks and 4 panel sessions for papers. Each panel consists of two talks of 30 minutes each, with a joint discussion of 30 minutes for both talks. For the panel sessions, we warmly invite contributions not only from philosophy, theology, literary studies, history and political theory, but equally from other disciplines which are interested in conscience and moral cognition. The contributions should fall into one of the following three areas: (a) conscience and the emotions, (b) historical theories of conscience, (c) the normative significance of conscience.

To be considered, please send a 1000-word abstract by 16th May 2014 as a pdf-document to the following address:

Notification of acceptance will take place by 18th May 2014.


Attendance and refreshments including lunch are free, but please register by sending an email to by the 5th June 2014 in order to guarantee a place.

The conference is supported by TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

More details about the conference and the Oxford Affections and Ethics Network may be found here.


Affections and Ethics