Utility, Progress, and Technology

15th Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), July 24-26, 2018

About the Conference

The main theme of the conference is ‘Utility, Progress and Technology’. The conference is supported by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the Institute of Technology Futures at KIT, the private Kursbuch Kulturstifung foundation as well as the recently founded German Society for Utilitarian Studies. Local hosts are Michael Schefczyk and Christoph Schmidt-Petri.


The keynote speakers will be:

Julia Driver (Washington University in St. Louis)
William MacAskill (University of Oxford)
Anders Sandberg (University of Oxford)


Dieter Birnbacher (Düsseldorf University) will deliver a public lecture on July 23 (in German, English text will be provided).


Professional third-party childcare will be available during the conference.


Poster ISUS 2018.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.9 MB

ISUS Summer School & Satellite Workshops

There will be a summer school for students (undergraduate as well as postgraduate) on July 22-23, just before the conference.


The faculty of the summer school will be Roger Crisp, Julia Driver, Anders Sandberg and Ulla Wessels.


Participants of ISUS 2018 are welcome to join any of three workshops on July 27-28 also held at the ISUS conference venue at KIT:


J.S. Mill’s Naturalism – Moral and Political
Date and time: July 27, 10.15am-6.30pm

Organised by Philipp Schink, speakers include David Brink, Christopher MacLeod, Tatjana Tarkian, and Dale E. Miller.


Date and time: July 27 and 28, times tbc

Organised by Annette Dufner, Vuko Andrić and Rudolf Schüßler, speakers include Nils Holtug, Weyma Lübbe, Ingmar Persson, Wlodek Rabinowicz, and Andrew Williams.


Derek Parfit’s Philosophical Legacy
Date and time: July 27, 8.45am-6pm
Organised by Christian Seidel, speakers include Roger Crisp, Julia Driver, Matthias Hoesch, Brad Hooker, Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, Susanne Mantel, and Melinda Roberts.


Spaces at the workshops might be limited. For details, please get in touch with the respective organisers.

Important Dates:

  • March 2, 2018: deadline for submission of abstracts  and panels
  • March 15, 2018: notification of acceptance
  • July 22-23, 2018: ISUS summer school
  • July 23, 2018: public lecture, informal get-together
  • July 24-26, 2018: ISUS main conference
  • July 27-28, 2018: satellite workshops  
  • Oct. 31, 2018: submission of full papers 
  • Dec. 2018: publication of conference volume