This is an end-of-project workshop arising from a two-year study entitled Framing Effects in Ethical Dilemmas in which Natalie Gold, Andrew Colman, and Briony Pulford investigated contextual factors affecting moral decisions. The project included a series of experiments in which trolley problems and related ethical dilemmas were presented to people in contexts that were systematically varied to throw light on factors affecting their responses. Experiments included both hypothetical questions and incentivized choices, of the kind commonly used in behavioural economics. Topics related to the workshop theme of experiments in ethical dilemmas will be presented by speakers from across all relevant disciplines (submission deadline has now passed).



Speakers will include:

Fiery Cushman, Psychology, Brown University, USA

Adam Feltz, Philosophy, Schreiner University, USA

Urs Fischbacher, Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany

Natalie Gold, Philosophy, King’s College London, UK

Shaun Nichols, Philosophy, University of Arizona

Briony Pulford, Psychology, University of Leicester, UK

Workshop Programme  

List of participants




Senate Room, First floor, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU, UK   Google map

With the generous support of the University of London Institute of Philosophy. To access the Senate Room, where the workshop will be held, you enter through the ground floor of Senate House and ascend the ceremonial staircase. The registration table will be at the top of the staircase and the Senate Room is just along the corridor.

Senate House



Thursday 3 May and Friday 4 May 2012, running from 10am to 6pm each day.



The workshop fee is £35 (£30 for students, the unwaged, and individual members of the Institute of Philosophy, i.e. anyone who has purchased a membership from the institute, not people who are members of the Institute through their department or other professional affiliation). It is possible to register for just one day for £20 (no discounts available). For late registration, after April 20th, there will be a surcharge of £5.

Registration is through the King's College on-line shop where payments for both the workshop registration and the dinner (if desired) will be taken.

The conference dinner will be held at the Modern Pantry and will cost £40.


Sponsors and Hosts



Some people will be staying at the President Hotel

There are also a number of hotels and Bed & Breakfast establishments in and around Gower Street, within easy walking distance of the workshop.



Senate House and Stewart House are close to each other in London WC1.

The nearest tube stations, all within easy walking distance of the workshop venue, are: Euston, Euston Square, Warren Street, Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street, and Holborn.

London is served by five airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton, and London City. All the airports have good bus and train connections into central London.

If you are likely to make more than a couple of journeys by public transport, then it would be worth investing in an Oyster card, a plastic smart card that you put money on in advance of travelling, and which you can use to pay fares on buses, tube, and London overground trains. The Oyster card costs £3 and can be bought at any tube station. Fares paid for with an Oyster card are substantially cheaper than those paid in cash, the difference can be more than £2 for tube fares in central London.


Workshop dinner

Directions: The Modern Pantry is a 25 minute walk from Senate House. Here is a map, with an attractive walking route through Clerkenwell marked out. Two nice pubs on the way are The Duke on Roger Street and http://www.dukepub.co.uk/ and the Lady Ottoline on Northington Street http://www.theladyottoline.com/. By public transport, take the 55 bus from Bloomsbury Way to Clerkenwell Road, i.e. heading due east (bus stop marked on the map); or take the Hammersmith & City/ Circle/ Metropolitan line eastwards from Euston Square to Farringdon (two stops).  Alternatively, share a cab!

Here is the menu


Contact and enquiries

Catherine Lawrence, email cll28@le.ac.uk