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 Kulturstiftung 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:

Anders Sandberg (University of Oxford)

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

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


The entire conference booklet is available for download:


Conference Booklet ISUS WEB.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 16.4 MB

ISUS Summer School

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

The summer school is only open to students who have gone through the selection mechanism earlier this year.

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

For more information on the Summer School, please click here.

ISUS Satellite Workshops

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

Date and time: July 27 and 28, 10am-4.45pm

Derek Parfit’s Philosophical Legacy
Date and time: July 27, 8.45am-6pm

For more information on the Satellite Workshops, please click here.

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