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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsThe Challenge of Natural Teleogy

The Challenge of Natural Teleology

Final Causes from Aristotle to Darwin
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From 3 - 6 July, the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought organises the second edition of the summer school “The Challenge of Natural Teleology: final causes from Aristotle to Darwin” (first edition in 2016). This year, the summer school takes place just before the 2018 edition of the HOPOS Conference , which will also take place in Groningen on 9 - 12 July.

All along its history, the reflection on the ontological status and the explanatory role of final causes affected several domains such as metaphysics, theology, psychology, philosophy of language and evolution theory. This summer school focuses on some of the major turning points in the history of this controversy that challenged philosophers, scientists and theologians from antiquity to today’s debates.

During morning sessions, established scholars in several different fields of history of thought will offer seminars on some of crucial milestones in the debate concerning natural teleology and final causes. Afternoon sessions will consist of discussions of selected papers presented by students and roundtable workshops on selected texts. The overall aim of this summer school is to foster interactions and discussions among researchers at different stages of their career, and spark new suggestions for the ongoing debate. Advanced bachelor students are especially encouraged to attend and actively participate at the summer school.

Invited Speakers:

Julia Jorati (Ohio State)
Andrea Gambarotto (Leuven)
Mariska Leunissen (North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Stephan Schmid (Hamburg)

Dates 3 - 6 July 2018
Deadlines Deadline for registration: 1 June 2018*
Deadline for student presentations: 1 May 2018
Academic coordinators Andrea Sangiacomo
Han Thomas Adriaenssen
Contact Mark Rensema,
Fees € 150 for PhDs, postdocs and senior researchers,
100 for master students,
50 for bachelor students

NB: participants registering for the housing service are requested to register for the summer school as well by 1 May 2018

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