Society for the Advancement of Philosophy and University of Zagreb – Center for Croatian Studies are organizing
INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL CONFERENCE: ZAGREB APPLIED ETHICS CONFERENCE 2011
ZAGREB, CROATIA, 16-18 JUNE 2011
Applied ethics is a booming field of contemporary philosophy which deals with and attempts to provide answers to practical moral problems – ranging from classical issues like euthanasia or abortion to more recent ones like the threat of terrorism or the justifiability of torture. At the same time, terms like “applied ethics”, “practical ethics” and, especially, “bioethics” are often used as expedient labels for a range of endeavors (most of them solemnly pronouncing their “interdisciplinarity” or even “transdiciplinarity”) whose conceptual clarity, soundness of argumentation and, consequently, real-world applicability are, to say the least, very far from obvious. Bearing in mind this latter, often troublesome state of affairs with “applied ethics” (particularly endemic in ex-communist countries in which the very discipline of ethics remained underdeveloped for decades), one of the central motives for organizing the Zagreb Applied Ethics Conference was a desire to promote rational and critical approach to and public understanding of contemporary work in applied ethics. Judging by the abstracts of papers which we are about to hear during the three days of the conference (submitted for the most part by scholars from Central and Southeastern Europe) we dare to say that the fulfillment of that desire is more than likely. Three plenary lectures and sixteen contributed papers will be presented in the conference by scholars from Australia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Sweden, United States and Croatia.
Organizing Committee of the Conference
Tomislav Bracanović, predsjednik | Dušan Dožudić | Tomislav Janović | Tvrtko Jolić | Karolina Kudlek, tajnica | Lovorka Mađarević | Josip Talanga