In the current political, cultural, and moral climate, constructive debates about morality are rare. On the one hand, positions are highly polarized. On the other hand, there seems to be a significant relativistic tendency. Can we still have meaningful conversations about matters of morality? Is there a shared moral language between representatives of opposing positions? Is there a shared ‘moral compass’ that could guide conversations about morality? Does moral common ground exist in a world with so many different religions and ideologies? If we do find each other in shared ideas about matters of morality, is this only on an abstract level, such as an abstract idea of human rights? Or is it only on a practical level, such as the consensus about the need for accessible health care or freedom of speech? Or on all of these levels? How do we balance our search for a shared moral framework while taking into consideration the particularity of people’s moral frameworks? What are the role and importance of religion and theological reflection in these matters?
The Moral Compass Project of the Protestant Theological University invites researchers in the fields of theology, religious studies, and philosophy, as well as sociology and anthropology, to join us in exploring such (meta-)ethical questions in the conference The search for moral common ground. In particular, we are interested in contributions to the following three subthemes.
Call for Papers
We invite theologians, philosophers and others working in the field of humanities or related disciplines, interested in the theme of Searching Moral Common Ground, to submit their proposals for a paper presentation at the Moral Compass International Conference.
Guidelines for submitting proposals
Determine for which subtheme you wish to submit a proposal. Please register your name and e-mail address in the form below, and add your proposal with a title and an abstract of max 350 words describing the content of the proposed paper. Include also your name, e-mail address and current position or affiliation, if any, in the file.
Deadline for submitting your proposal is November 1, 2021.