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Katrin Flikschuh: Completing One’s Life

Wanneer:wo 28-03-2018 15:15 - 17:00
Waar:room Omega

Colloquium lecture by Katrin Flikschuh (LSE), organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Is it possible for one to complete one’s life; in particular, to do so prematurely? By one’s completing one’s life I do not mean one’s determining the point at which to end it. Nor do I mean one’s having lived a fully rounded or distinctly autonomous life. Instead, I mean one’s actively bringing one’s life towards the point of one’s death, and in so doing perhaps to reconcile oneself to the fact of one’s death.

Accomplishing this task is generally thought to be easier for the elderly than for those who know they will die prematurely. However,...(continue reading...)

Tatjana Višak: Animal versus Human Welfare

Wanneer:do 29-03-2018 19:00 - 20:30
Waar:room Omega

Lecture by Tatjana Višak (Mannheim), organized by the Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Economics

The effective altruism community aims at doing the most good with any given amount of resources. Its current priorities are global health and development, farm animal welfare, and reduction of existential risks. The good to be done refers to the promotion of welfare, which, in turn, may comprise (i) improving lives, (ii) saving (or, in some cases, taking) lives, and, perhaps, (ii) creating lives. The necessary prioritization of causes requires comparisons of welfare between individuals of different species. The main philosophical and practical problem in this regard is due to...(continue reading...)

Paul Égré: Vagueness, approximation and the Maxim of Quality

Wanneer:wo 11-04-2018 15:15 - 17:00
Waar:room Omega, Faculty of Philosophy

Lecture by Paul Egre (École normale supérieure, Paris), organized by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy

Vague expressions of natural language such as "many" or "tall" raise two challenges for a theory of meaning: one is to explain how speakers manage to successfully communicate with them; another is to explain the rationale for the existence of vague expressions as opposed to merely precise ones. On the latter problem, van Deemter (2009) and Frazee & Beaver (2010) have put forward the idea that vague communication is rational in situations in which the speaker is in a state of uncertainty. In this talk, I propose...(continue reading...)

Frederik Van De Putte: Pointwise intersection in neighbourhood semantics

Wanneer:do 12-04-2018 15:15 - 17:00
Waar:Room Alfa, Faculty of Philosophy

Lecture by Frederik Van De Putte (Ghent), organized by Grolog

We study the logic of neighbourhood models with pointwise intersection, as a means to interpret non-normal multi-modal logics. Pointwise intersection takes us from a set of neighbourhood sets N_i (one for each member i of a set G) to a new neighbourhood set N_G, which in turn allows us to interpret the operator G. Here, X is in the neighbourhood for G if and only if X equals the intersection of some Y = {Y_i | i is a member of  G}. We argue that...(continue reading...)

Groningse Nacht van de Filosofie 2018

Vanaf:vr 13-04-2018 20:00
Tot en met:za 14-04-2018 01:00
Waar:Groninger Forum, Hereplein 73

Het thema van deze goedgevulde avond is 'online/ offline'. Te gast zijn Maxim Februari, Miriam Rasch, Hans Schnitzler, Marjan Slob, Hans De Bruijn en vele anderen! De Groningse Nacht van de Filosofie is een samenwerking van Studium Generale Groningen, de Faculteit Wijsbegeerte en het Groninger Forum. Lees meer...

Elizabeth Ashford

Wanneer:wo 25-04-2018

Colloquium lecture by Elizabeth Ashford (St Andrews), organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Newtonian Debates on Causation

Wanneer:wo 25-04-2018 13:00 - 20:00
Waar:Room Beta

The workshop is part of the activity of the NWO-veni project “ Occasionalism and the secularisation of early modern science ”, and it is co-organized by Andrea Sangiacomo and Lukas Wolf.

Speakers: Carla Rita Palmerino, Patrick Connolly, Kirsten Walsh, Steffen Ducheyne , Jip van Besow and Peter Present. Attendance is free, but registration is required. To register please write to Lukas Wolf (

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Justin Smith

Wanneer:wo 02-05-2018 15:15 - 17:00
Waar:Room Omega

Lecture by Justin Smith (Paris 7), organized by the Department of the History of Philosophy

Title & abstract TBA

Tomoji Shogenji: Surprise, Inaccuracy and Explanation

Wanneer:do 24-05-2018 15:15 - 17:00
Waar:Room Alfa, Faculty of Philosophy

Lecture by Tomoji Shogenji (Rhode Island), organized by Grolog

This paper proposes a measure of explanatory demand formulated in terms of inaccuracy. The concept of explanation plays a significant role in epistemology and philosophy of science, but it is also known for controversies. In this paper I take a step back and investigate the notion of explanatory demand by way of surprise. The concept of surprise itself resists an easy analysis, but we have a better grip on it because surprise is part of our everyday life. The paper identifies unexpected inaccuracy as the reason for surprise, and...(continue reading...)

Luke Elson: Nihilistic Despair

Wanneer:wo 30-05-2018 15:15 - 17:00
Waar:Room Omega

Lecture by Luke Elson ( University of Reading ), organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy.

Many people think that forms of moral anti-realism (such as the error theory) are somehow depressing or sad. I sketch one account of what is sad about them, and argue that there need be no muddle or error in despairing at the supposed truth of nihilism.

Luke Elson is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK. He works in ethics and metaethics. His papers have appeared in Ethics, Utilitas, and Theoria.

Conference: Substance in Early Modern Scholasticism

Wanneer:ma 04-06-2018
Waar:Room Gamma

Two-days conference (4-5 June 2018), organized by the Department of the History of Philosophy

Confirmed speakers: Sydney Penner, Dominik Perler, Marleen Rozemond, Tad Schmaltz

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Sabina Leonelli

Wanneer:wo 06-06-2018 15:15 - 17:00
Waar:room Omega

Lecture by Sabina Leonelli (Exeter), organized by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy

Miranda Fricker

Wanneer:wo 27-06-2018

Colloquium lecture by Miranda Fricker (Oxford), organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Ingrid Robeyns: Is Procreation Special?

Wanneer:wo 21-11-2018 15:15 - 17:00
Waar:Room Omega

Colloquium lecture by Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht), organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

According to the moral equivalence thesis, overconsumption and procreation are morally equivalent: there is no morally relevant difference between the use of environmental resources for consumption or for procreation. This paper develops two critiques against the moral equivalence thesis: a capabilitarian argument, and an argument based on human self-understanding. Existing analyses of the moral equivalence thesis have, implicitly or explicitly, started from a version of equality of resources. I first show that...(continue reading...)

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