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Chris Meyns: Cavendish’s Panpsychism

Lecture by Chris Meyns (Utrecht), organized by the Department of the History of Philosophy

Margaret Cavendish holds that it must be the case that each part of nature has sense and reason, to explain how there can be order in the world. Cavendish accepts a form of panpsychism. However, several starkly different ways to interpret Cavendish’s claim have thus far not been systematically distinguished. Here I contrast...(continue reading...)

Wanneerwo 18-01-2017
Waarroom Omega

Keep Score and Punish. Responsibility in Brandom's Philosophy of Language

Lecture by Frieder Vogelmann (Bremen), organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Although seldom examined and not explained by Robert Brandom himself, the concept of responsibility has the same fundamental status as the concept of inference in Brandom’s account of discursivity. Whereas “inference” makes explicit the propositional content of concepts as the inferentially structured totality of their relations of material incompatibility, “responsibility” makes explicit the normative force of these relations. "Responsibility" thus becomes .....continue reading....

Wanneerwo 25-01-2017
Waarroom Omega

PPE winter school: Justice, Democracy and Rationality

After three very successful installments, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen will host its fourth yearly Winter School on 30-31 January 2017, aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students.

The theme of the Winter School this year is Justice, Democracy and Rationality, and it will consist of 6 lecture tutorials where the topic will be discussed from different viewpoints: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). Find all information on the programme, requirements and registration

Wanneerma 30-01-2017

Mathieu Beirlaen: Reasoning by Cases in Formal Argumentation

Lecture by Mathieu Beirlaen (Bochum), organized by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy / Grolog

Given a premise ‘P or Q’, an argument for R on the basis of P, and an argument for R on the basis of Q, the reasoning by cases inference scheme allows us to conclude that R. If each of P and Q classically entail R, then the inference to R given ‘P or Q’ is deductively valid. In cases where the argument from P to R and the argument from Q to R hold only tentatively, the conclusion R may be derivable tentatively as well. We are interested here in this more tentative, defeasible variant of the reasoning by cases scheme, the formalization of which is well-known to cause trouble in many rule-based systems of non-monotonic logic, such as default logic [1]. Continue reading....

Wanneerdo 02-02-2017
WaarFaculty of Philosophy, room Alpha

Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IV

We are pleased to announce the fourth meeting of the Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy on 18 and 19 February 2017, in Groningen. The Dutch Seminar is part of the activities of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought based at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, and of the OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy.

Call for Papers and more information

Wanneerza 18-02-2017
WaarFaculty of Philosophy

Andreas Anagnostopoulos

Lecture by Andreas Anagnostopoulos (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), organized by the Department of the History of Philosophy

Wanneerwo 01-03-2017
Waarroom Omega

Sabina Leonelli

Lecture by Sabina Leonelli (Exeter), organized by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy.

Wanneerwo 08-03-2017
Waarroom Omega

Workshop on infinite regresses

Two-day workshop (21-22 March 2017) on infinite regresses in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and history of philosophy. More information will soon become available.


  • Tuesday 21 March: Faculty Theology and Religious Studies, Courtroom (Dutch: Zittingzaal)
  • Wednesday 22 March: Faculty of Philosophy, room Omega
Wanneerdi 21-03-2017
WaarGroningen, Oude Boteringestraat

Markus Werning

Lecture by Markus Werning (Bochum), organized by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy.

Wanneerwo 05-04-2017
Waarroom Omega

Workshop: Hobbes and the mechanical philosophy

This workshop is the second meeting of the workshop series The early modern debate on causality: roots and perspectives

14.00-15.00: Maarten van Dyck (Gent): Christiaan Huygens: mechanical philosopher?

15.15-16.15 Douglas Jesseph (South Florida): Causes, Demonstration, and Natural Philosophy in Hobbes

16.30-17.30: Cees Leijenhorst (Nijmegen): TBA

Attendance is free, but registration is appreciated. To register, please write to

Wanneerdo 06-04-2017

Nacht van de Filosofie

Op vrijdag 7 april vindt de Groningse Nacht van de Filosofie 2017 plaats in het Groninger Forum! Dit jaar worden lezingen en workshops gegeven rond de thema's Rust (landelijk thema Maand van de Filosofie) en Outsider.

Alle informatie over de Nacht vind je op de website van het Groninger Forum.

Wanneervr 07-04-2017
WaarGroninger Forum, Hereplein 72

Groningse Nacht van de Filosofie

De Groningse Nacht van de Filosofie op vrijdag 7 april 2017

Wanneervr 07-04-2017
WaarGroninger Forum, Hereplein 73

Maria Rosa Antognazza

Lecture by Maria Rosa Antognazza (King's College London), organized by the Department of the History of Philosophy

Wanneerwo 03-05-2017
Waarroom Omega


Op zaterdag 20 mei komen alumni van de Faculteit Wijsbegeerte terug naar de Oude Boteringestraat om elkaar te ontmoeten en samen te praten over de tijd sinds het afstuderen, over het al dan niet filosofisch getinte werkende leven, over de nieuwste inzichten in de filosofie, en over koetjes en kalfjes.

Programma en de aanmeldingsprocedure volgen.

Wanneerza 20-05-2017
WaarFaculteit Wijsbegeerte, Oude Boteringestraat 52, Groningen

Gerhard Schurz

Lecture by Gerhard Schurz (Düsseldorf), organized by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy.

Wanneerwo 07-06-2017
Waarroom Omega

Conference: Teaching the New Science

The conference: Teaching the New Science - the role of Academia during the Scientific Revolution wil ltake place on 15-17 June 2017 at the Faculty of Philosophy. This conference aims to bring together scholars working on different facets of the history and circulation of scientific ideas within and around the seventeenth century academic milieu. All information on this conference and Call for Papers

Wanneerdo 15-06-2017
WaarFaculty of Philosophy, room TBA