Adam Etinson

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Some Activities


Talk - "The Lure of Minimalism" - Eastern APA: on January 8th, at a panel on "New Work in the Philosophy of Human Rights", at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, in New York City. Other panelists include S. Matthew Liao (NYU), Jiewuh Song (Seoul National University), and Julio Montero (Universidad de Buenos Aires).


Book Launch - YTL Center, KCL: On May 31st, at 6pm, The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law at King's College London will be hosting a launch event for my book, Human Rights: Moral or Political? (OUP, 2018). Anna Neistat (Amnesty International), Gerald Neuman (Harvard Law), and Baroness Onora O'Neill (Cambridge), will be speaking at the event. Register here.

Erasmus Teaching Fellow - Paris 1: From March 17th until March 29th, I will visit the Department of Philosophy at l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne as an Erasmus Teaching Fellow.

AHRC Fellow - Institute for Politics: From March 6th to 8th, I will participate in the annual AHRC course, "Engaging With Government", based in London. More info here.

Talk - "On Disrupting (Ethnocentric) Bias" - Sheffield, Politics: On February 28th, I will be giving a new talk as part of a year-long seminar series on ethnocentrism at the University of Sheffield, organized by Alasdair Cochrane. (link)

Interview - Legal-Phi: In January, I was interviewed by Lucas Miotto (University of Edinburgh) for his blog, Legal-Phi, which publishes conversations with moral and legal philosophers (link)


Talk - "Moral Minima" - Northwestern University: From October 13-14, I participated in How Demanding are Human Rights? - an interdisciplinary workshop at Northwestern University organized by Cristina Lafont. I presented a new paper on human rights minimalism co-authored with Robert Simpson.

Talk - "On Falling Short" - NYU Center for Bioethics: I presented a new paper on the acceptance of moral failure at the NYU Center for Bioethics (October 6th, link) and The Ethics of Giving, a conference at University of St Andrews (May 23, link), organized by Theron Pummer. (video link)

Assistant Directorship - CEPPA: Beginning in September, I became the Assistant Director of CEPPA - The Centre for Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at the University of St Andrews. I will be working with Theron Pummer (Director)

Talk - "What's So Special About Human Dignity?" - Groningen: On March 6, I gave a talk on the nature of human dignity at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Groningen. Organized by Andreas Schmidt. (link)


Talk - "On Being Faithful to the 'Practice' of Human Rights: A Response to Nickel" - University of St Andrews: On September 26th, I presented a paper response to James W. Nickel's "Assigning Functions to Human Rights" at the University of St Andrews (link). Organized by Elizabeth Ashford. The exchange between myself and Nickel will appear in my volume, Human Rights: Moral or Political? (OUP, 2018).

Author Interview - A Conversation with Larissa MacFarquhar - University of Chicago: On May 10th, I held a public interview with Larissa MacFarquhar, staff writer at the New Yorker, about her book, Strangers Drowning, an exploration of altruism. The event was held at the Sem-Coop Bookstore, and sponsored by the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, at the University of Chicago (link)


Talk - "Some Myths About Ethnocentrism" - University of Chicago: On October 15th, I presented new work on ethnocentrism at the Social Theory Workshop, University of Chicago.

Workshop - Human Rights & Human Dignity - UChicago: On May 29th, I held a workshop co-organized with Pablo Gilabert (Philosophy, Concordia University). The workshop had twelve participants (info available on poster pictured to the right), and was generously supported by the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, at the University of Chicago.

New APA Society - Society for the Philosophy of Human Rights - During the summer of 2015, Pablo Gilabert, Robert Simpson, and I created the Society for the Philosophy of Human Rights. The Society organizes panels at the meetings of the American Philosophical Association. Our first meeting was at the Pacific Division Meeting of the APA, in April of 2016. If you are interested in more news about our events, or in joining the society, feel free to contact me.


Talk - "Comment on Rainter Forst's 'Toleration and Democracy'" - On November 14th - I responded to Rainer Forst at the 2012-2013 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series, Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Differences. Organized by Carol C. Gould, and held at CUNY Graduate Center. (video above)