Ethical Impartialism: Contemporary Perspectives

It is often held that while we ought to give some consideration to the interests of everyone, including distant strangers, we are rationally justified in prioritizing ourselves and our loved ones.


Registration is free of charge, but places are limited. Please register before 8 Oct 2019.


18 October 2019

End Date

20 October 2019


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Fritz-Haber-Weg 7, Building 30.91, Room 012

However, the idea that one ought to have equal basic concern for the interests of all has a surprisingly impressive pedigree. This view, sometimes called ethical impartialism, can be found in the teachings of the Buddhists and Stoics in the Ancient world, in Christian philosophy of the medieval period, and in modern moral theories such as utilitarianism and Kantianism. Amidst the ongoing contemporary debate between proponents of impartialist ethical theories and those who defend partiality, this workshop aims at exploring the following questions:

  • To what extent are partialist ethical theories committed to impartialist considerations? 
  • Is it possible to isolate the impartialist thread from the rest of paradigmatic impartialist theories like utilitarianism?
  • What, if any, are the affinities between impartialist elements in divergent approaches such as Utilitarianism and Kantian ethics?
  • To what extent is it possible to account for typical partialist verdicts from an impartialist perspective?


  • Carla Bagnoli (Modena)
  • Roger Crisp (Oxford/ACU)
  • Anca Gheaus (Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)
  • Simon Keller (Victoria University Wellington)
  • Jörg Löschke (Zurich)
  • Tyler Paytas (ACU)
  • Christian Seidel (KIT)
  • Sarah Stroud (UNC Chapel Hill)

The workshop is part of a collaboration on "The Philosophical History of Ethical Impartialism" funded by DAAD and Universities Australia.

Organizers: Tyler Paytas (ACU) & Christian Seidel (KIT)

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