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Maria Rosa Antognazza: The Benefit to Philosophy of the Study of its History

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

This paper advances the view that the history of philosophy is both a kind of history and a kind of philosophy. Through a discussion of some examples from epistemology ('how traditional is the traditional analysis of knowledge?'), metaphysics ('thinking about matter'), and the historiography of philosophy ('philosophy and theological commitments; science and religion'), it explores the benefit to philosophy of a deep and broad engagement with its history. It comes to the conclusion that doing history of philosophy is a way to think outside the box of the current philosophical orthodoxies. Somewhat paradoxically, far from imprisoning its students in outdated and crystallized views, the history of philosophy trains the mind to think differently and alternatively about the fundamental problems of philosophy. It keeps us alert to the fact that latest is not always best, and that a genuinely new perspective often means embracing and developing an old insight. The upshot is that the study of the history of philosophy has an innovative and subversive potential, and that philosophy has a great deal to gain from a long, broad, and deep conversation with its history.
Wanneerwo 03-05-2017
Waarroom Omega

Hanoch Ben-Yami: The Quantified Argument Calculus

Lecture by Hanoch Ben-Yami (CEU), organized by GroLog

I present the principles of a logic I have developed, in which quantified arguments occur in the argument position of predicates. That is, while the natural language sentence ‘Alice is polite’ is formalised P(a), the sentence ‘Some students are polite’ is formalised P($S). In several ways, this logic is closer to Natural Language more than is any version of Frege’s Predicate Calculus (PC). I proceed to discuss further features of this new logic, the Quantified Argument Calculus (Quarc). For instance, (continue reading...)

Wanneerwo 10-05-2017
WaarRoom Beta, Faculty of Philosophy, Oude Boteringestraat 52

Workshop: Causality in Psychological Modeling

Organized by Jan-Willem Romeijn (University of Groningen, Department of Theoretical Philosophy) and Markus Eronen (Groningen / Leuven)

Speakers: Markus Eronen, Roland Poellinger, Laura Bringmann, Denny Borsboom and Naftali Weinberger - view full programme and abstracts

Wanneerma 15-05-2017
WaarRoom Gamma

Jeff McMahan: Might We Benefit Animals by Eating Them?

Lecture by Jeff McMahan (University of Oxford) organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Leslie Stephen once wrote that “The pig has a stronger interest than anyone in the demand for bacon. If all the world were Jewish, there would be no pigs at all.”  In recent debates about the ethics of eating animals, some have advanced the related claim that if people cause animals to exist and give them good lives in order to be able to eat them, then even if the animals are killed prematurely, the practice is permissible because it is good for the animals overall, as well as being good for the human beings who eat them. This argument raises deep issues in ethical theory – issues about rights, issues in population ethics, and so on – which I will explore in detail in the talk.

Jeff McMahan is White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford and author of The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life (Oxford, 2002) and Killing in War (Oxford, 2009).

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One day after this lecture, on Thursday, Jeff McMahan will give another lecture in Groningen, entitled: Killing Civilians in War.

Wanneerwo 17-05-2017
Waarroom Omega

GRIPh Lecture: Killing Civilians in War, by Jeff McMahan

The GRIPh Lecture is a yearly event organized with Studium Generale

In the traditional theory of the just war and in international law, it can be permissible to kill civilian bystanders, provided that the killing is an unavoidable side effect of otherwise permissible military action and provided that it is proportionate. In this talk I will explore what it is for the killing of innocent people to be proportionate. I will argue that, in general, acts of war by combatants whose aims are unjust cannot be proportionate in any morally significant sense. But acts of war by combatants whose aims are just can be proportionate even if they kill innocent civilians. I will explain what is at issue in making a judgement of proportionality and will argue that in some instances judgements of proportionality can be surprisingly precise. Yet much depends on the assumptions we make about certain fundamental issues in moral theory. More information about this lecture

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One day before this lecture, on Wednesday, Jeff McMahan will give another lecture in Groningen, entitled: Might We Benefit Animals by Eating Them?

Wanneerdo 18-05-2017
WaarAcademy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen


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.


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

Wijsbegeerte van een bepaald Wetenschapsgebied Symposium: Geesteswetenschappen

Wijsbegeerte van een bepaald Wetenschapsgebied-symposium Geesteswetenschappen

Lezing: Misbruik van de geschiedenis, door Antoon de Baets, bijzonder hoogleraar Geschiedenis, Ethiek en Mensenrechten (RUG), meer informatie volgt

Wanneerwo 31-05-2017
WaarFaculteit Wijsbegeerte, zaal volgt

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

Lecture by Neil Sinhababu

Lecture by Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore) organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

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Wanneerwo 21-06-2017
Waarroom Omega

Summer School: Understanding the Past Today

The summer school runs from Monday 26 to Thursday 29 June.

Coordinators are: Bianca Bosman, Martin Lenz, Andrea Sangiacomo.

View all information on this Summer School: Understanding the Past Today - Methodology in the History of Philosophy

Wanneerma 26-06-2017
WaarFaculty of Philosophy, room Omega