Katharina Bauer’s research in moral philosophy, moral psychology and anthropology revolves around questions about the self-understanding of human beings. In Groningen she is currently working on a project with the title ‘Perfecting Oneself and Forming One’s Character: A Duty to Oneself and/or Responsibility towards Others?’ as a Feodor-Lynen research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Her PhD thesis appeared in 2012 under the title ‘Einander zu erkennen geben. Das Selbst zwischen Erkenntnis und Gabe’. She has recently completed her habilitation thesis about different dimensions of practical necessity at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where she held a DFG-funded position for principal investigators.
Pieter Boele van Hensbroek is a part-time lecturer Political Philosophy and part-time research coordinator at the inter-faculty centre Globalisation Studies Groningen. His research topics are the history of political thought outside the North-Atlantic, especially in Africa and Asia. With colleagues in different continents he is engaged in further developing the field of Comparative Political Theory. He is member of the editorial board of the Edinburgh Studies in Comparative Political Theory and Intellectual History.
Boudewijn de Bruin obtained his PhD in philosophy from the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation in Amsterdam. His doctoral dissertation was on game theory and epistemic logic. He studied musical composition at Enschede, and mathematics and philosophy at Amsterdam, Berkeley and Harvard Business School. His research interests are financial ethics, moral and political philosophy, theory of knowledge, philosophy of mathematics and economics, game theory and philosophical logic. De Bruin is the author of a monograph on Explaining Games: The Epistemic Programme in Game Theory (Springer, 2010) and Ethics in Finance: Epistemic Virtues for Clients, Banks, Raters and Regulators (Cambridge University Press, 2013, under contract).
Booth is postdoc in Boudewijn de Bruin’s Trusting Banks NWO-project.
Wessel van Dommelen graduated in 2016 in Groningen with the thesis The Gradual Consciousness Thesis, in which he set out to examine and revise Neil Levy's view on the relation between consciousness and moral responsibility. Wessel's main academic interests are moral psychology and moral responsibility. In his PhD-research he investigates whether and why agents may be morally responsible for emotions, character traits, and behavior while incapacitated, such as drunk-driving.
I work in metaethics and aesthetics. I am interested in the question whether there are objective facts about what is right and wrong, and in the content of moral language. I also consider whether metaethics should influence our thinking in aesthetics: are there facts about what is beautiful, or artistically good? What is the content of claims about beauty and artistic quality? I am also interested in the meaning of life.
Hans Harbers graduated as sociologist, and is lecturer in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society. He is interested in the complex network of interdependencies between knowledge, power and morality – so typical for our techno-scientific culture. He has published several books and articles in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). Besides his position at the Faculty, he works as freelance organizer and moderator of public debates and events (see www.hansharbers.nl )
Frank Hindriks’ main research interests are moral psychology and social ontology. He has published papers about topics such as political freedom, moral responsibility, intentional action, collective agents, and social institutions. NWO funded his research project ‘Normativity in Action: A New Theory of Moral Responsibility’ (2008-2011). This project resulted in the Normative Reasons account of Intentional Action (NoRIA), which provides an explanation of the Knobe effect. His papers have been published in journals such as Erkenntnis, Philosophical Quarterly, and Philosophical Studies.
Sanne Hupkes’ research interests lie in social and political philosophy as well as in International Relations, and particularly concern peace and peacebuilding, democracy, and social ontology. Her PhD research focuses on the role of (power-sharing) democracy in peace operations and is concerned with the place of (religious) collective identities within democracy in post-conflict societies. Case studies that are of importance for this project are for example Northern Ireland and, especially, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
I graduated at the Department of International Relations at the University of Groningen in 1999, and was a lecturer at that same department. I started studying philosophy (a much desired but often lacking discipline within International Relations programmes) on my return to Groningen. Within the study of philosophy I mainly, but not exclusively, try to focus on issues that are related to international relations theory, such as globalisation and culture, global justice, just war theory, and universalism/relativism. My PhD-research focuses on globalisation processes and post-structural appraisals of this topic in particular.
Pauline Kleingeld’s academic interests are in Kant’s and Kantian philosophy, as well as in moral theory, political philosophy, and feminist theory. She is the author of Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Fortschritt und Vernunft: Zur Geschichtsphilosophie Kants (Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 1995), and has edited Immanuel Kant, ‘Toward Perpetual Peace’ and Other Writings on Politics, Peace, and History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006). Her articles focus on themes in ethics, philosophical cosmopolitanism, and the work of Immanuel Kant. She is heading two NWO-funded research programs: ‘Morality beyond illusions: Re-assessing the philosophical implications of empirical studies of moral agency’ (2009-2013) and ‘Kant on morality and empirical knowledge of moral agency’ (2011-2015).
Van ‘t Klooster is PhD student with Boudewijn de Bruin.
Quintus Masius, PhD student
Quintus Masius’ PhD research deals with financial law and ethics. He investigates the impact of recent (European) legislation on responsible lending and duties of care, especially when it concerns mortgage credit granted to consumers. Quintus Masius investigates what concepts like ‘responsibility’ and ‘care’ mean for financial professionals from both a legal as well as an ethical perspective. His PhD research has been partly brought under the Groningen Centre Of Financial Law and the HU lectoraat Schulden & Incasso.
Meyer is PhD student in Boudewijn de Bruin’s Trusting Banks NWO-project.
Marijana Milosavljevic Vujosevic, PhD student
Marijana Vujosevic’s PhD-research is part of the project: “Kant on morality and empirical knowledge of human agency”. Her main research interests are Kant’s ethics and contemporary moral psychology. She has published articles about Kant’s conception of conscience and psychopaths’ dysfunctional conscience. In her other papers, she addresses the basic notions of Kant’s moral psychology, such as moral strength and weakness, self-control, affects, passions and moral feeling. She is also interested in the concept of self-regulation, which is employed to diagnose self-regulation disorders in very young children.
My research interests concern philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and questions of direct democracy and citizen participation. In this last area, my interests are both theoretical and practical: On the one hand, I am using methods of social choice theory and game theory to investigate decision making in referenda and other forms of direct democracy. On the other hand, I have organized two Deliberative Polls and co-organized other citizen deliberation events. As concrete embodiments of the ideals of deliberative democracy, these bring together a sample of the population for discussions based on unbiased information in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Both theoretically and practically, my aim is to help improve the decision making mechanisms of democratic procedures and institutions.
Andreas Schmidt’s research is in political theory, ethics and the philosophy of public policy. His research topics include sociopolitical freedom, distributive justice, public health policy, behavioural economics, animal ethics, and consequentialism. His work appears in journals such as Philosophical Studies, Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Utilitas, and Journal of Medical Ethics. Before joining Groningen, he worked at Princeton University and received a DPhil from the University of Oxford.
Paulien Snellen’s PhD-research focuses on weakness of will and character. Weakness of will is understood as a failure to act in accordance with one’s judgment about what it is best to do . The aim of Snellen’s project is to provide a fruitful alternative to the contemporary approach of regarding weakness of will as a single action and theoretical puzzle. She develops an account of weakness of will as a stable and moral character trait. Among other things, she examines Aristotle’s account of weakness of will as a character trait and topics such as procrastination, character development, and moral responsibility.
Titus Stahl's research interests are in social and political philosophy, critical theory and social ontology. He has written about immanent critique, the history of critical theory and is currently interested in three areas: theories of social power and their usefulness for social critique, philosophical justifications of privacy rights and surveillance and the nature of hope.
Christine Straehle's research focuses on the ethics of migration, questions of global justice and conceptions of vulnerability and autonomy in moral philosophy. She is editor or co-editor of four volumes, including most recently Vulnerability, Autonomy and Applied Ethics (2016, Routledge). Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including the European Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Contemporary Political Philosophy and Bioethics. Before joining the department, Straehle has held positions at the University of Ottawa and in the Philosophy Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has also held several fellowships, including at the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews and at Goethe University in Germany. In 2015-2016, she was John Stuart Mill Visiting Chair in Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Hamburg.
Bart Streumer's research interests are ethics, political philosophy and the philosophy of action. He has published articles on various topics in ethics and metaethics in journals such as Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and the Journal of Philosophy. He is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Unbelievable Errors, in which he defends an error theory about all normative judgements and argues that we cannot believe this theory. His next project will focus on the relation between moral responsibility and social and economic equality.
Chris Thompson is a postdoctoral researcher on the joint Cambridge-Groningen project 'Trusting Banks', funded by the NWO. He completed his PhD in philosophy at the London School of Economics, and has been a Temporary Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He works in political philosophy, epistemology, and the philosophy of public policy. His research has been published in journals including Synthese, Philosophy of Science, and the Journal of Applied Philosophy.
Judith Vega is lecturer in social and political philosophy. Her research generally addresses crossroads of politics and culture; it mainly engages continental philosophy, among which critical theory, Arendtian thought, poststructuralism, feminist philosophy. Recurring research themes are: democracy and citizenship, liberalism versus republicanism, social justice and recognition theory, freedom of speech, art and politics. She took part in the NWO-funded research project ‘New media, public sphere and urban culture’. She published, a.o., Isabelle de Charrière en de kritiek van de Verlichting: Filosofie, politiek, cultuur (Klement, 2005), and co-edited Cultural Citizenship in Political Theory (Routledge, 2011). For many years she was editor, and editor in chief, of the journal Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies.
My research interests are in meta-ethics and theories concerning belief management. In my PhD thesis I investigate in what respect we can have objectivity in morality without presupposing moral realism. Currently, I am working on versions of ‘relaxed-realism’, such as advocated by Scanlon and Parfit, and on inferentialist semantics. In this latter project I analyse what influence (if any) adopting an inferentialist semantics has on one's meta-ethical theory.
Lieuwe Zijlstra is a PhD student at the University of Groningen and at Ghent University in Belgium who spent significant time of his PhD at Yale as an apprentice of Joshua Knobe. His research interests are in moral philosophy, metaethics, experimental philosophy, and moral psychology. Lieuwe develops and conducts psychological experiments while investigating the philosophical implications of metaethical pluralism.
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