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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsWinter SchoolsJustice, Democracy and Rationality

Justice, Democracy and Rationality

A Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) Winter School

30 - 31 January 2017
Deadline for registration: 15 December 2016
Ba / MA / ReMA
Dr. Andreas T. Schmidt
40 (excluding housing)
students in library

After three very successful installments, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen will host its fourth yearly Winter School, aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. The theme of the Winter School this year is Justice, Democracy and Rationality, and it will consist of 6 lecture tutorials where the topic will be discussed from different viewpoints: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).

Which economic and political institutions would rational agents accept and which ones make them better off? How can we design democratic decision-making to best respect individual preferences? Do our duties of social justice apply globally?

To answer these and other questions, the fast growing field of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics – or ‘PPE’ for short – combines methods and discussions from these three disciplines. It is especially worthwhile to look into the fields of social justice, democracy, and rationality. In much of contemporary economics, explanations of social phenomena typically start with assumptions about individual rational agency. Similarly, contemporary political philosophy typically start with the individual when constructing theories of democracy and social justice.

This winter school brings together PPE scholars to explore justice, democracy and rationality separately as well as their various connections. It will lead us into the terrains of global justice, democratic decision-making, the philosophy of economics, epistemic justice, and behavioral economics.

Faculty involved
Faculty of Philosophy
Last modified:19 October 2016 5.00 p.m.