Joseph Raz, ‘Red Hook’. Courtesy of the artist. © Joseph Raz.


ERC Roots of Responsibility will sponsor a workshop on Reasons and Normativity: Themes from Raz, on 26–27 June 2022, at Bentham House, UCL. This workshop is organised in collaboration with Professor Ulrike Heuer (UCL).



For over fifty years, Joseph Raz has been at the forefront of practical philosophy and jurisprudence. He has made especially important contributions to the contemporary debates on reasons and normativity. In this workshop, we will discuss eight presentations on these and other themes from Raz, four of them by leading academics, and the other four by research postgraduate students.

Dates and Venue

Sunday 26–Monday 27 June 2022

Schedule of presentations TBA

Gideon Schreier Lecture Theatre

Room 124, Bentham House, UCL, London WC1H 0EG
(*This is an in-person event; online livestreaming is not planned.)


This is a read-in-advance workshop. Registered participants are expected to have read the draft papers of the talks, which are scheduled to be circulated on Friday 13 May.

The titles and abstracts for the papers will be given in due course.


Over the two days of the workshop, we will have eight presentations in total, each with a respondent. Four of the presentations will be given by research postgraduate students. In each case, the presenter will speak for ca. 30 minutes summarising a paper to be circulated to the registered participants about one month in advance of the workshop; the respondent will comment on the paper for ca. 10 minutes; general Q&A and discussion will then follow.

Invited speakers include:

  • Jed Lewinsohn (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Maggie Little (Georgetown, WA. DC)
  • Erasmus Mayr (Erlangen, Germany)
  • Hille Paakkunainen (Syracuse, NY)
  • Thomas M. Scanlon (Harvard, MA)
  • Sergio Tennenbaum (Toronto, Canada)

Call for registration

We encourage colleagues and especially postgraduate students to attend the workshop. Please spread the word. All are welcome, and there is no registration fee, but space is limited.

If you wish to attend, please register on Eventbrite.

Please note that registering for the workshop does not guarantee you a place; further information will be sent to everyone who registers. To make sure we have a full house, we allocate more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people. We cannot guarantee entry, and admission is on a first come, first served basis.

A limited number of places will be available for the workshop dinner, which will take place on the Sunday evening at Coal Office (2 Bagley Walk, King’s Cross, London N1C 4PQ). If you are interested in joining us, please write to Yuuki Ohta <y.ohta [at]>

Enquiries about the workshop can be submitted via the message form on this website.

Call for papers

We invite research postgraduate students at the University of London to submit their work to be presented at this workshop. The submission need not address Raz’s work directly, but it should deal with central themes in Raz’s work—including, but not limited to, reasons and normativity.


  • must not contain any identifying information;
  • must be written in English;
  • should not exceed 4000 words (including notes but excluding bibliography);
  • should be accompanied by abstracts of no more than 500 words long.

Submissions selected for presentation will be circulated to registered participants, including a respondent, about a month in advance of the workshop. During the session, the presenter will be asked to speak for ca. 30 minutes summarising the paper.

We particularly encourage submissions by students from groups who are underrepresented in the discipline.

The closing date for submission is midday 12:00 on Tuesday 19 April, 2022. Late submissions will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 13 May 2022.

Technical guideline

Submissions should be sent electronically to Yuuki Ohta, Deputy Director of Roots of Responsibility. Please use the link in this document to open your default email handler, fill in the details in the body, attach your submission, and send. Submissions that do not meet the specifications above will not be considered.

We may ask some students who submit their work to participate in the workshop as a respondent, as opposed to a presenter. If you would like not to be considered for this rôle, please indicate this in the submission email. (This has no effect on the selection of the student presenters.)

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