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EducationUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsPublic Philosophy and Social Ontology

Course information

Target group

The summer school is designed for PhD students in philosophy with a background or interest in the social sciences. Research Master students and post-docs are also welcome to apply.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  1. gain a deeper understanding of some of the main approaches in social ontology
  2. learn how to apply them to issues in public philosophy – including collective rights and responsibilities
  3. improve communication skills within the research community
  4. meet experts and other Phd students in social ontology and public philosophy


The participants are expected to read all the assigned literature, to do assignments, to actively participate in the discussions and to write a paper at the end of the course.
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance after successful completion of the course.

  • € 350 (for non-OZSW members)
  • € 300 (for OZSW members)

This fee includes lunch (5x), dinner (4x), and coffee and tea throughout the day.

Accommodation is not included. Participants need to arrange their own accommodation. For a list of possibilities, kindly contact the organizers.

Application procedure

Participation is limited. In order to apply, please send an email with the subject line “Registration for Summer School” to Ryan Doody, including 1) your CV, and 2) a brief letter of motivation (max. 1 page), before 7 April 2019. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent 30 April 2019. If you are accepted you will be asked to register through the website in order to pay the fee. Your registration will be complete only after you have paid the fee.


The summer school is organized by Ryan Doody and Frank Hindriks. For questions concerning the content of the course, please contact For practical inquiries, please contact

Last modified:05 April 2019 2.14 p.m.