The King’s College London/University of Oxford/University of St Andrews Humanistic Ethics in the UK Workshop will be held at King’s College London on 16 and 17 June 2023. This workshop will bring together researchers from philosophy and other humanistic disciplines to discuss humanistically inspired ethical theory.

The conference is free to attend, but space is unfortunately limited due to the size of our room. If you would like to come, please write to Jonathan Gingerich and we will do our best to get you an invitation.


Friday, 16 June (River Room, King’s Building 2nd Floor, King’s College London)

9.00 Light breakfast and coffee

9.30-11.00 Adam Etinson (University of St Andrews), ‘On Falling Short’
Comments by Sophie Côte (New York University)

11.30-13.00 Robert Simpson (University College London), ‘Free Speech Psychodrama’
Comments by Sanford Diehl (New York University)

13.00-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.00 Vid Simoniti (University of Liverpool), ‘Artworks as Arguments Without Conclusions’
Comments by Jacob McNulty (University College London/Yale University)

16.00 Coffee break

16.30-18.00 Vida Yao (Rice University/University of California, Los Angeles), ‘The Avoidance of Intimacy: A Reorientation in the Moral Philosophy of Love’
Comments by Sarah Fine (University of Cambridge)

18.30 Dinner (Anatomy Museum, King’s Building 6th Floor, King’s College London)

Saturday, 17 June (River Room, King’s Building 2nd Floor, King’s College London)

9.00 Light breakfast and coffee

9.30-11.00 Samuel Reis-Dennis (Rice University), ‘Guilt: The Debt and the Stain’
Comments by Steven Klein (King’s College London)

11.30-13.00 Francey Russell (Barnard College, Columbia University), ‘“A Wedge-Shaped Core of Darkness”’
Comments by Sarah Buss (University of Michigan)

13.00-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.00 Kyla Ebels-Duggan (Northwestern University), ‘More than Moore: Murdoch and Korsgaard on Value’
Comments by Louise Hanson (University of Oxford)

16.00 Coffee break

16.30-18.00 Olúfẹ́mi O Táíwò (Georgetown University), ‘Security, Freedom, and Arguments from Scale’
Comments by Jonathan Gingerich (King’s College London) or Matthew Congdon (Vanderbilt University)

19.30 Dinner (Haxell’s Restaurant and Bar, Ground Floor, Strand Palace Hotel)

Getting to the Workshop

Most of the conference will be held in the River Room on the Second Floor of the King’s Building on the Strand Campus of King’s College London. Non-King’s guests will need to check in at King’s reception at the entrance of the Strand Building (the building marked B in green on the map below). The Strand Building is located at Strand, London WC2R 2LS; you can see it on Google Maps here.

To reach the River Room, pass through reception in the Strand Building and follow the signs for the King’s Building (the building marked A in red on the map). Take the stairs in the King’s Building to the second floor and continue walking to the end of the corridor, past the chapel and the cafeteria. The River Room is the final room on the left.

For step-free access to the River Room, take the lift by Strand Reception to the second floor, then follow the signs from the Strand Building to the King’s Building and continue to the end of the corridor, past the chapel and the cafeteria to the River Room on the left.

Dinner on Friday will be held in the Anatomy Museum on the Sixth Floor of the King’s Building. Lifts are available near the River Room.

Dinner on Saturday will be held at Haxell’s Restaurant and Bar, which is located on the Ground Floor of the Strand Palace Hotel, at 372 Strand, London WC2R 0JE; you can see it on Google Maps here. It is approximately a five-minute walk from the River Room to Haxell’s.

Information about reaching King’s College London by public transportation is available here. The King’s Building is within walking distance of several underground and train stations, including Temple (District and Circle lines, 2 minute walk), Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines and trains, 10 minute walk), Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City lines and trains, 12 minute walk), Holborn (Central and Picadilly lines, 12 minute walk), and Blackfriars (trains, 12 minute walk). Usually, Apple Maps, CityMapper, and Google Maps can all provide decent public transit directions to King’s College London.


The workshop is co-organised by Daniela Dover (University of Oxford), Adam Etinson (University of St Andrews), and Jonathan Gingerich (King’s College London) and generously sponsored by the King’s College London Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law; the Dickson Poon School of Law Collaborative Engagement Fund; the King’s College London Department of Political Economy Political Theory Research Group, the King’s College London Department of Philosophy, and the Centre for Philosophy and Art. It is inspired by workshops in humanistic ethics organised by Vida Yao.


If you have any questions about the workshop or would like to discuss any accessibility requirements, please contact Jonathan Gingerich. If you have difficulties accessing the venue or need assistance on the day of the event, you can also reach Jonathan by phone at +44 (0)20 7848 1686.