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About the Centre

The Centre for Ethics and Metaethics (CEM) was founded in 2008 to support and develop research of the highest quality in moral philosophy (especially metaethics and normative ethics) and political philosophy. The Centre’s research agenda is focused on foundational questions regarding the relationship between values and reasons and their relationship to questions about normativity, rationality and morality. A close relationship is maintained with the Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (IDEA CETL).

Recent major conferences include 'The Moral Significance of Intentions' (2014) and ‘Themes from the Ethics of Bernard Williams’ (2009), which resulted in the collection Luck, Value and Commitment: Themes from the Ethics of Bernard Williams (OUP 2012). Other international conferences and workshops include: ‘Values and Reasons’ (2008), ‘Deference and Responsibility’ (May 2009), ‘Naturalism: Ethical and Metaphysical’ (2009), ‘Value Concepts’ (2010), ‘Theoretical and Practical Reasons’ (2010), 'Intentions' (2012) and 'Normative Disagreement' (2012).

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The Director of the Centre is Pekka Väyrynen


For further information about any of the activities of the Centre, including postgraduate supervision, please contact the Director.

We can be contacted by post at:

Centre for Ethics and Metaethics
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
University of Leeds
Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

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