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PSD Symposium: David Ludwig on Biological Races as a Form of Injustice

Philosophy of a Specific Discipline Symposium: Philosophy of the Natural Sciences

Lecture by David Ludwig (VU) with comments by Catarina Dutilh-Novaes (RUG)

Recent debates in philosophy of race have focused on whether racial concepts refer to something real. While anti-realists claim that “race” fails to refer to anything real, racial realists have developed a variety of accounts of races as biological, cultural, and/or social groups. Depending on the kind of realist account, racial concepts may refer to biological facts or to socially constructed categories which are nevertheless ‘real’. The aim of this talk is....(continue reading...)

Wanneerwo 29-03-2017
Waaroom Omega

Markus Werning: The Interaction of Bayesian Pragmatics and Lexical Semantics in Linguistic Interpretation

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

Full title: The Interaction of Bayesian Pragmatics and Lexical Semantics in Linguistic Interpretation: Hearers’ Probabilistic Predictions in Discourses

We contrast two views of how contextual influence on sentence meaning composition can be explained. The Semantic Similarity View maintains that discourse context affects the comprehension of sentences mainly because of the semantic similarity between the words in the discourse context and the words in the sentence (as measured by Latent Semantic Analysis). The Free Pragmatic View, in contrast, defends the claim that...(continue reading...)
Wanneerwo 05-04-2017
Waarroom Omega

Workshop: The Mechanical Philosophy

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

14.00-15.15: Maarten van Dyck (Gent): Mechanical nature and Archimedean causality

Short summary: What’s the philosophy of nature implicit in the Archimedean treatment of mechanical instruments such as the lever? That’s the question I will try to answer. This will allow me to trace an alternative mechanical tradition that runs through late sixteenth and seventeenth century thinking, one that is partly overlapping but not coinciding with what is usually understood as mechanical philosophy.

15.30-16.45 Laura Georgescu (Groningen): Spheres of virtue: an alternative account of causation?

Short Summary: TBA

17.00-18.15: 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 73

Symposium met Kees Kraaijeveld (Argumentenfabriek)

Sympsium Wijsbegeerte van een bepaald Wetenschapsgebied met Kees Kraaijeveld van de Argumentenfabriek

Wanneerwo 12-04-2017
WaarFaculteit Wijsbegeerte, zaal Omega

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

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)

Wanneerwo 10-05-2017
WaarFaculteit Wijsbegeerte, zaal volgt

Lecture by Jeff McMahan

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

Title, abstract and bio TBA

Wanneerwo 17-05-2017
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.


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

Lecture by Neil Sinhababu

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

Title, abstract and bio TBA

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