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The Northwestern Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics (NUSTEP) hosts an annual spring conference in moral and political philosophy.  We are proud that the conference has an established reputation as a constructive and collegial event addressing some of the most difficult and important questions of moral and political philosophy.  The three-day conference features two invited keynote addresses and submitted papers by both faculty and graduate students as well as ample time for informal discussion. This year the conference will be take place on May 28 - 30, 2020 at Northwestern University in Evanston.

Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions from faculty and graduate students, as some sessions will be reserved for student presentations. Please submit an essay of approximately 4000 words. Essay topics in all areas of ethical theory and political philosophy will be considered, although some priority will be given to essays that take up themes from the work of Cora Diamond and Gavin Lawrence: animals and ethics, Anscombe, Aristotle, literature and ethics, metaethics, methodology in ethics, moral concepts, moral psychology, Iris Murdoch, value, virtue ethics, weakness of will, well-being, David Wiggins, and Wittgensteinian approaches to ethics. Essays should be prepared for blind review in Word, RTF, or PDF format.

Graduate submissions should be sent by e-mail to and should include 2-4 keywords.

Faculty submissions should be sent by e-mail to

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2020. Notices of acceptance will be sent by March 15, 2020.

For more information, please contact Kyla Ebels-Duggan at the e-mail address above.

2020 Keynote Addresses:

Cora Diamond (University of Virginia)

Gavin Lawrence (UCLA)

2020 Conference Information:

The conference is free and open to the public.

Please forward any inquiries to Kyla Ebels-Duggan.


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