Accepted Talks & Panels

Below you may find a list of all accepted talks in alphabetical order and a list of accepted panels. For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Accepted talks

  • Akampurira, Andrew (Makerere University/Uganda), Emerging Technologies in Healthcare: A Challenge to Developing Countries
  • Andrić, Vuko (Bayreuth University/Germany), The Utilitarian Justification of Democracy
  • Arie, Daisuke (Yokohama National University/Japan), J.S.Mill’s Cruel and Godless World of Political Economy: human nature, norm and utility
  • Baum, Kevin (Saarland University/Germany), A New View on Collective Decision Situations
  • Bourcier, Benjamin (Catholic University of Lille/France), Bringing the State Back into Cosmopolitanism: Responsibility and Utility in Bentham’s Thought
  • Brito, José De Sousa E. (Tribunal Constitucional/Portugal), Climbing the Same Mountain: Utilitarianism and Aristotelianism
  • Broi, Antonin (Sorbonne Université/France), The Systemic Change Objection To Effective Altruism
  • Broi, Antonin (Sorbonne Université/France), The Measurability of Subjective Well-Being
  • Brunon-Ernst, Anne (Université Panthéon-Assas/France), Indirect Legislation : The New Bentham-Foucault Conundrum
  • Carson, Thomas (Loyola University Chicago/USA), Was Abraham Lincoln a Utilitarian?
  • Chen, Chien-Kang (National Chengchi University/Taiwan), Universal Benevolence in The Methods of Ethics and Vajra Sutra: A Comparative Study
  • Clark, Matthew (University of St Andrews/UK), The Continuous Weak Superiority View
  • Comstock, Gary (North Carolina State University/USA), Utilitarian assessment of the legal value of companion animals
  • Crimmins, James (Huron University College/Canada), Rights and Utility in the Early American Republic
  • De Champs, Emmanuelle (Université de Cergy-Pontoise/France), Greatest or Public Happiness? Condorcet and Bentham on Interests, Representation and the Public Good
  • Deijl, Willem van der (Centre de Recherche en Ethique/Canada), Two reasons to step into the Matrix
  • Derpmann, Simon (Münster University/Germany), Mill's Political Economy as Social Engineering
  • Donner, Wendy (Carleton University/Canada), Mill's Art of Life
  • Engelmann, Stephen (University of Illinois at Chicago/USA), ‘Protagoras‘ Political Economy, Technology, and Progress: John Stuart Mill in the 1830s
  • Filipow, Elzbieta (University of Warsaw/Poland), Role of emotions in J. S. Mill’s philosophy
  • Forsberg, Lisa, 'Neurointerventions' and English civil law on consent
  • Forschler, Scott (Independent Scholar/USA), Two Forms of Moral Universalizability in Consequentialism
  • Francis, Tomi (University of Oxford/UK), On Deciding Between Maximising Expected Total Utility and Minimising Existential Risk
  • Freemantle, Sam (Birkbeck College/UK), Can utilitarianism take the separateness of persons seriously?
  • Fukagi, Yasunori (Yokohama National University/Japan), Putting Knowledge into Machinery/Mechanic Metaphor and into Bodily/Biological Metaphor
  • Gloor, Lukas (Foundational Research Institute/Germany), Absence of desire theories and pleasure’s role in motivation
  • Guidi, Marco E. L. (University of Pisa/Italy), Utilitarian virtue and civil progress
  • Gustafson, Andrew (Creighton University/USA), Mill’s Criticisms of Jeremy Bentham: The Importance of the Moral Sentiments, Sympathy, Imagination and Community for Utilitarianism
  • Gustafsson, Johan (University of York/UK), Moral Aggregation, Utilitarianism, and the Argument for Best Outcomes
  • Habibi, Don (University of North Carolina at Wilmington/USA), Utility and Progress: John Stuart Mill on Rebellion and Revolution and the Trajectory of History
  • Hähnel, Martin (Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt/Germany), The place of good, goodness and goods within consequentialist frameworks
  • Harney, Jonas (Saarland University/Germany), Parfit’s Wide Dual Person-Affecting Principle: A Double Hybrid
  • Haydar, Bashar (American University of Beirut/Lebanon), Benefiting from Harm
  • Helfer, Thorsten (Saarland University/Germany), Two Dilemmas for Desire-Fulfilment Theories
  • Hessmann Dalaqua, Gustavo (University of São Paulo/Brazil), Representative democracy and aesthetic self-development: Individuality, conflict, and progress in J. S. Mill
  • Hildt, Moritz (University of Tübingen/Germany), Giving Hedonism a Second (and Proper) Chance
  • Hofmann, Stefan (University of Tübingen/Germany), Richard Brandt’s Rule Utilitarianism: Replies to the Demandingness Objection
  • Jackson, Don (Algoma University/Canada), Featherless Bipeds: Bentham’s Psychological Epistemology and Human Species-Life
  • Jaeger, Jens (University of Oxford/UK), Meta Decision Theory in an Infinite Universe
  • Jensen, Karsten K. (Umeå University/Sweden), Weak Superiority, Imprecise Equality and the Repugnant Conclusion
  • Kahn, Leonard (Loyola University New Orleans/USA), Abortion and Act-Utilitarianism
  • Klusek, Michal (Jagiellonian University in Cracow/Poland), Nudging for the Most Good – Comments on Effective Altruism and the Identifiability Effect
  • Köhler, Sebastian (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management/Germany), Killer Robots: An Easy Solution for Consequentialists
  • Kowalczyk, Kacper (University of Oxford/UK), Extrinsic identity, intrinsic value
  • Kynast, Ian (Tübingen University/Germany), Possible Worlds Argument for the Equivalence of Act- and Rule Utilitarianism, and More
  • Langley, Felix (Kings College London/UK), On the conceptual ill founding of demandingness objections
  • Lanius, David (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/Germany), A Systematic Flaw in the Classical Arguments against Traditional Hedonism
  • Lanman, Emily (Edith Cowan University/Australia), Utilitarianism and the English Poor Law Reform 1832-1837
  • Li, Cheng (University of York/UK), Samuel Romilly’s role in Jeremy Bentham’s legislative career
  • Lieberman, David (University of California, Berkeley/USA), Jeremy Bentham on Equality and Democracy
  • Loizides, Antes (University of Cyprus/Cyprus), James Mill’s Sources on Progress and Civilization: A Study of The History of British India
  • Lorrain, Ludmilla (Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne/France), Political representation and fiction in Jeremy Bentham's thought
  • Lumer, Christoph (University of Siena/Italy), From Utilitarianism to Prioritarianism – an Empathy-Based Internalist Foundation of Welfare
  • Lythe, Peter (University College London/UK), The Evidence of Things Not Seen: Jeremy Bentham on the Edifice and Artifice of the Church of England
  • Macleod, Christopher (University of Lancaster/UK), On Miller on Mill on Prudence
  • Mantel, Susanne (Saarland University/Germany), The Reasons of Objective Consequentialism and Collective Action Problems
  • Masny, Michal (University of Oxford/UK), Cognitive enhancement and existential risk
  • Mathon, Vincent-Emmanuel (VEMconsulting SARL/Luxembourg), A Shell Game Theory, for a green crypto-currency
  • McCabe, Helen (University of Nottingham/UK), ‘Civil and Domestic Slavery’: Using the Early 19th-Century Utilitarian Assessment of Marriage as a Form of Slavery to Make Progress Towards Ending Modern Slavery and Forced Marriage
  • Miguel, Ricardo (Universidade de Lisboa/Portugal), Against animal replaceability: a restriction on consequences
  • Miller, Dale (Old Dominion University/USA), Rule Consequentialism and Climate Change
  • Mintz-Woo, Kian (University Graz/Austria), Is Parfit a Moralist?
  • Mixon, Rex (New York University/USA), “What else is it that should trace the insuperable line?”: Bentham’s Theory of Value and Moral
  • Mulgan, Tim (University of St Andrews/UK), What exactly is wrong with human extinction?
  • Murata, Minami (Doshisha University/Japan), John Stuart Mill’s Concept of Representation for Democratic Progress
  • Oesterheld, Caspar (Foundational Research Institute/Germany), Newcomb’s problem, the prisoner’s dilemma and large universes – a consideration for consequentialists
  • Okazaki, Ryu (Humboldt University/Germany), Hegels Begriff der Nützlichkeit. Zum Zusammenhang von Nützlichkeit, Religionskritik und Terror
  • Oshitani, Ken (Waseda University/Japan), The Varieties of Contractualism and the Authority of Morality
  • Paez, Eze (University of Minho/Portugal), The Unimportance of Species on Rule-Consequentialism
  • Persson, Ingmar (University of Gothenburg/Sweden), Parfit's Reorientation: From Revisionism to Conciliationalism
  • Peterson, Martin (Texas A&M University/USA), Nihilism, Utilitarianism, and Kahane’s Wager
  • Plant, Michael (University of Oxford/UK), Maximising world happiness: what should we do?
  • Quinn, Malcolm (University College London/UK), Utility, modernism, algorithm: three notions of perfectibility
  • Rechnitzer, Tanja (Bern University/Switzerland), Evaluating Precautionary Principles with Reflective Equilibrium
  • Rocché, Giuseppe (University of Palermo/Italy), About the Badness of Coming into Existence and Extinction
  • Rodriguez Lopez, Blanca (Universidad Complutense de Madrid/Spain), Prenatal enhancement. social pressure and coercion
  • Rosenqvist, Simon (Uppsala University/Sweden), Utilitarianism and Action Guidance
  • Rüger, Korbinian (University of Oxford/UK), Individual Claims and Population Ethics
  • Schofield, Philip (University College London/UK), Loving and Killing Children: Jeremy Bentham on Adult-Child Sex and Infanticide
  • Segawa, Shingo (Münster University/Germany), Is the concept of the person really useless for biomedical ethics?
  • Shriver, Adam (University of Oxford/UK), Is Hedonism a Version of Axiological Monism?
  • Sin, William (The Education University of Hong Kong/China), Dementia, Filial Obligation and the Demands of Morality
  • Song, Fei (The University of Hong Kong/China), Act versus Rule Utilitarianism: A Critical Review of John Harsanyi’s Coordination Argument
  • Southan, Rhys (University of Oxford/UK), Experience Machines, Not Nursing Homes
  • Speith, Timo & Baum, Kevin (Saarland University/Germany), Should utilitarianists recommend non-consequentialist autonomous vehicles?
  • Sverdlik, Steven (Southern Methodist University/USA), Bentham on Temptation and Deterrence
  • Tachibana, Koji (Kumamoto University/Japan), Neurofeedback-Based Moral Enhancement and Moral Reason
  • Tanyi, Attila & Andras Miklos (University of Tromsø/Norway, University of Rochester/USA), Institutional Consequentialism and Demandingness
  • Tarantino, Piero (Sciences Po Law School/France), 'As If It Were True': Bentham’s Theory of Real and Fictitious Entities
  • Tarsney, Christian (University of Groningen/Netherlands), Non-Identity, Times Infinity
  • Thomson, Klem (Roskilde University/Denmark), The Badness of Surveillance
  • Treutlein, Johannes (Foundational Research Institute/Germany), Global consequentialism for machines
  • Turner, Piers (The Ohio State University/USA), Is Mill a Luck Egalitarian?
  • Ueno, Hiroko (Hitotsubashi University/Japan), The relationship between the principles of utility and justice in the Theory of Moral Sentiments: Does Adam Smith's moral theory truly stand against Humean utilitarianism?
  • Unruh, Charlotte (University of Southampton/UK), Letting the Climate Change
  • Van Basshuisen, Philippe (London School of Economics/UK), The repugnant conclusion and measuring well-being in possible populations
  • Visak, Tatjana (University of Mannheim/Germany), Demandingness, morality, and reasons for action
  • Wigglesworth, Logan (Rice University/USA), A Finer Measure for Higher Pleasure
  • Wilkinson, Hayden (The Australian National University), Infinite, invariant, impartial consequentialism
  • Woodard, Christopher (University of Nottingham/UK), Utilitarianism and Legitimacy
  • Yamazaki, Tatoshi (Kochi University/Japan), The Possibility of Indirect Utilitarian Strategy in Pigou’s Welfare Economics
  • Zhang, Shisheng (Universitat Pompeu Fabra/Spain), If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You Like Lotteries?
  • Zimmerman, Michael (University of North Carolina at Greensboro/USA), Willful Ignorance and Moral Responsibility
  • Zinke, Alexandra (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/Germany), Two Ways to Maximize Preference Satisfaction
  • Zoglauer, Thomas (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg/Germany), Gambling with technological risks: a case of dirty hands?
  • Zuradski, Tomasz (Jagiellonian University/Poland), The Axiology of the Cost–Benefit Approach to Rescue Medicine

Accepted Panels

Moral Theory and the Consequentialism/Non-Consequentialism Distinction

Convenor: Christian Seidel


  • Vuko Andrić (Bayreuth University/Germany)
  • Sabine Döring (Tübingen University/Germany)
  • Annette Dufner (Bonn University/Germany)
  • Jan Gertken (Humboldt University/Germany)
  • Tim Henning (Stuttgart University/Germany)
  • Paul Hurley (Claremont McKenna College/USA)

Axiological implications of new developments in welfare science

Convenors: Adam Shriver & Lisa Forsberg


  • Victoria Braithwaite (The Pennsylvania State University/USA)
  • Lisa Forsberg (Oxford University(UK)
  • Adam Shriver (Oxford University/UK)
  • Anthony Skelton (University of Western Ontario/USA)

The Moral Implications of Driverless Cars

Convenor: Christoph Schmidt-Petri


  • Dieter Birnbacher (Düsseldorf University/Germany)
  • Armin Grunwald (Karlsruhe Institut of Technology/Germany)
  • Anders Sandberg (Oxford University/UK)

Utility, Nudges and Behavioral Insights: New Technologies to Improve Peoples’ Behaviour

Convenor: Malik Bozzo-Rey


  • Malik Bozzo-Rey (Lille University/France)
  • Anne Brunon-Ernst (Université Panthéon-Assas/France)
  • Viktor Ivankovic (Central European University/Hungary)

Hare’s Utilitarianism, Varner’s Animals

Convenor: Gary Comstock


  • Gary Comstock (North Carolina State University/USA)
  • Susana Monso (University of Graz/Austria)
  • Alastair Norcross (University of Colorado Boulder/USA)
  • Adam Shriver (University of Oxford/UK)
  • Gary Varner (Texas A&M University/USA)

Plant Ethics and Consequentialism

Convenor: Gianfranco Pellegrino


  • Gianfranco Pellegrino (Luiss Guido Carli/Italy)
  • Marcello Di Paola (Luiss Guido Carli/Italy)
  • Tatjana Visak (Mannheim University/Germany)

Sidgwick and the methods of ethics

Convenors: Dorothee Bleisch & Michael W. Schmidt


  • Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek (University of Łódź/Poland)
  • Tyler Paytas (Australian Catholic University)
  • Michael W. Schmidt (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/Germany)

Classical Utilitarianism and Free Speech

Convenor: Peter Niesen


  • Frauke Höntzsch (Augsburg University/Germany): Hate Speech as a Restriction on Liberty. J. St. Mill's Harm Principle and the Limits of Free Speech
  • Anthony Julius (University College London /UK): Who was the greater champion of literature, Bentham or Mill?
  • Filimon Peonidis (University of Thessaloniki/Greece): James Mill's Theory of Free Speech: A Philosophical Assessment

Philosophy, Obligation and the Law: Bentham’s Ontology of Normativity

Convenor: Philip Schofield


  • Malik Bozzo-Rey (Université Catholique de Lille/France)
  • Emmanuelle De Champs (Université de Cergy-Pontoise/France)
  • Anne Ernst-Brunon (Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas/France)
  • Gianfranco Pellegrino (LUISS Guido Carli/Italy)
  • Philip Schofield (University College London/UK)
  • Piero Tarantino (Sciences Po Law School/France)

Jeremy Bentham’s Art and Science of Legislation

Convenor: Angela Marciniak


  • Angela Marciniak (Gießen University/Germany), ‘“Utility is not a Law”: Jeremy Bentham’s Political Political Theory’
  • Michael Quinn (University College London/UK), Title: “In the banking business, every thing is out of its name”: Bentham on the magic of papermoney and the interests of the Bankers
  • Chris Riley (University College London/UK), ‘The Hermit and the Boa Constrictor: Jeremy Bentham, Lord Brougham, and the Accessibility of Justice’

A Panel on Postema’s Two Books on Bentham’s Legal Philosophy

Convenor: Xiaobo Zhai


  • Francesco Ferraro (Politecnico di Milano/Italy)
  • Michihiro Kaino (Doshisha University/Japan)
  • Michael Lobban (London School of Economics/UK)
  • Simon Palmer (University College London/UK)
  • Gerald Postema (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/USA)
  • Dan Priel (Osgoode Hall Law School/Canada)
  • Xiaobo Zhai (University of Macau/China)