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Workshop: Exploring the structure of appearance

From:Fr 24-01-2020
Until:Fr 03-04-2020
Where:Room Alpha

Exploring the structure of appearance: intentionality, attention and the multi-layered nature of experience through Anapanasati practice


Meetings will introduce basic information and reflections on the Anapanasati-sutta, they will include some time devoted to group practice, and will leave ample time for sharing the participants’ own reflections and contributions. Attending the workshop does not presuppose any previous experience or familiarity with anapanasati practice. However, it is expected some commitment to engage with this practice during the period in which the workshop will take place.

Time and location: all meetings take place from 4pm to 7pm at the Faculty of Philosophy, room Alpha

  1. Friday, January 24, 2020: Introduction: appearance and experience
  2. Friday, February 7, 2020: First tetrade: recollectedness of the body
  3. Friday, February 21, 2020: Second tetrade: recollectedness of feeling tones
  4. Friday, March 6, 2020: Third tetrade: recollectedness of mind
  5. Friday, March 20, 2020: Fourth tetrade: recollectedness of phenomena
  6. Friday, April 3, 2020: The structure of appearance, general conclusions

Registration and information

For registration please use this link:

For information: Send an email to Andrea Sangiacomo

Computational History of Ideas: Issues and Directions

When:Mo 27-01-2020 09:30 - 16:30
Where:Faculty of Philosophy, Room Alpha

A Digital Humanities Symposium Groningen, organized by Andrea Sangiacomo, Raluca Tanasescu, Silva Donker and Hugo Hogenbirk

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Workshop: Deliberation and Decision-Making in Social Movements

When:Th 30-01-2020
Where:Faculty of Philosophy, room Alfa

Workshop organized by Lisa Herzog and Justo Serrano Zamora

The workshop is organized as part of the research project „Democracy and Its Futures" (DemoFutures). DemoFuturesis a Franco-German cooperation (funded by the ANR and the DFG) aiming at analyzing the tensions between current forms of governance and new forms of social mobilization. One of its main goals is to explore the democratic potentials of social movements in an era of governance, by analyzing their innovative practices with regard to organization, decision-making, epistemic production and collective action. It also aims at understanding the difficulties they need to confront in their innovations.

The workshop brings together sociologists and philosophers from different academic and national contexts. All participants work on democracy and social movements, broadly understood. The aim is to share ideas and to discuss on-going research. The workshop focuses on the analysis of the democratic practices of mobilized groups: practices of critique, new participatory formats, consensus decision-making, and knowledge production and sharing. We aim at exploring both their prospects and their limitations as democratic innovations, combining philosophical, methodological and empirical analysis.


Climate Change and the Long-Term Future – a PPE Winter School

From:Mo 24-02-2020
Until:Tu 25-02-2020
Where:Faculty of Philosophy (room Omega) and Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (old court room)

After six successful installments, the Faculty of Philosophy will host its seventh yearly Winter School, aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. The theme of the Winter School this year is Climate Change and the Long-Term Future. It will consist of 6 lecture tutorials where topics related to the theme will be discussed from different disciplinary viewpoints: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).


Climate change is among the biggest challenges humanity faces today. How should individuals, societies, and humanity at large respond to climate change and other long-term challenges? Far from being a question for the natural sciences alone, a good answer also requires a ‘PPE perspective’, that is, a perspective that combines philosophy, politics, and economics. In this winter school, different researchers will take a PPE perspective in exploring climate change and our ethical and political obligations towards future people. The challenge is typically seen as a collective action problem. From this perspective, it calls for an institutional solution that facilitates widespread cooperation among individuals and countries. And it brings up empirical questions, such as what explains people’s attitudes and actions towards the environment and future generations and how can those be improved? But it also has an important epistemic dimension. For example, what is a rational response to scientific disagreement and to the risk and uncertainty involved in climate predictions? Finally, the winter school also tackles fundamental normative questions, such as: What are our moral obligations to future people? Do they extend to all future people and, if so, does this imply that our longtermist moral duties trump any short-term concerns?

Confirmed speakers

  • Prof Leah Henderson, ‘The philosophy of climate science’
  • Prof Lisa Herzog, ‘Climate Science and Democracy – Considerations from Political Epistemology’
  • Dr Simon Friederich, ‘ Climate change as a collective action problem and the importance of very cheap energy’
  • Prof Frank Hindriks, ‘Sustainable institutions and a duty to join forces’
  • Dr Andreas T. Schmidt, ’Longtermism and our duty towards far-future people’

The winter school is aimed at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. It also offers students interested in studying the PPE Master in Groningen an insight into the kinds of teaching and research done at the PPE Centre.


The Faculty offers up to three scholarships of up to EUR 200 for promising students enrolling in the winter school who express interest in later applying for a Master’s programme in Groningen. Moreover, participants who later enrol in a Master’s programme at the Faculty of Philosophy for the year 2020/2021 will have their registration fee for the winter school reimbursed.

To apply for the scholarships, send a short CV (max 2 pages) and a letter (max 1 page) stating your interest in the winter school to with 'Application for winter school scholarship' as subject. Deadline to apply for the scholarships: January 7, 2020. Preference will be given to members of underrepresented groups.


To register, send an email with your name, affiliation and status (undergraduate, graduate) to winterschoolphilosophy 'at' with 'Registration for winter school' as subject, no later than January 15th 2020. As the number of spots is limited, you are encouraged to register early. Preference will be given to advanced undergraduate students.

As the number of spots is limited, you are encouraged to register early. Preference will be given to advanced undergraduate students.

General Information

Dates 24-25 February 2020
Scholarship application deadline 7 January 2020
Registration deadline 15 January 2020
Registration fee EUR 40, to be paid online


Further inquiries can be directed to winterschoolphilosophy

Workshop: Criticizing Forms of Life

When:We 01-04-2020
Where:Faculty of Philosophy, room TBA

Workshop, with keynote lecture by Rahel Jaeggi, organized by Charlotte Knowles and Titus Stahl

Liberal theories often draw a distinction between questions of justice which are capable of being decided in ways justifiable to all concerned and ethical questions, or questions about the “good life”, for which no such justifications are available. This seems to exclude thick evaluations of “forms of life” from the realm of public reason, although we find such evaluations everywhere in public discourse as well as in many discourses outside of liberal philosophy - such as in debates about the nuclear family, wage labor, consumerism or academic culture as a form of life as well as related to issues of gender relations and class. Should political philosophy allow for a discussion of forms of life? Are there arguments available which concern the desirability or goodness of forms of life (rather than merely their compatibility with a thin notion of justice) which can aspire to universal validity? Can we make non-relative judgments about whether forms of life succeed or fail, whether they are successful, progressive or regressive? Or can we only engage in “internal critique”, comparing them to their own aspirations? Can we ever be justified in criticizing those who hang to specific forms of life that we consider failures, outdated or regressive, even if these forms of life are not unjust? Or is such a form of critique necessarily authoritarian or ideological? If not, how should we understand this form of social critique?

Answering these questions requires not only reflection about the relationship between the right and the good in political philosophy, but also an examination of social ontological issues regarding the nature of forms of life and the institutions involved, of modes of social and political critique, and of the challenges of ethical pluralism in modern societies.

The workshop includes a keynote lecture by Prof. Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt University Berlin) who has developed a comprehensive theory of forms of life from a critical theory perspective in her book Critique of Forms of Life (Harvard University Press 2018).

Call for Papers

Knowledge, Citizenship, Democracy

From:We 22-04-2020
Until:Fr 24-04-2020
Where:Faculty of Philosophy, room TBA

Conference hosted by the Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Economics, in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam.

Keynote speakers: Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin) (t.b.c.) and Albert Dzur (Bowling Green State University).

The ability of democratic societies to deal with knowledge responsibly seems under threat. In recent years, the public debate has been shaped by the denial of established scientific insights, distrust of experts, and an apparent preponderance of emotions over factual knowledge. Often, instead of agreeing on facts, and conducting political debates about values and interests, knowledge itself has become an area of political contestation. But how should democratic societies deal with expert knowledge? Democracies are built on the assumption of moral equality; social differentiation, and with it the differentiation of knowledge, introduce an element of inequality. How can this fundamental tension be handled? Historically, claims to expertise have often been used to justify problematic forms of hierarchy and exclusion. But the answer can hardly be to deny all claims to differential expertise; instead, a democratic understanding of expertise is needed. Given today’s big challenges, such as the fight against anthropogenic climate change or against global poverty, it is clear that different forms of knowledge need to be harnessed and integrated into the political process. How can experts and citizens find new forms of interacting with each other, online and offline? What does it mean for experts to act as democratic citizens and democratic professionals? What role does the “marketization” of knowledge play for understanding the current conundrum, and how might these problems be addressed? And last but not least: What epistemic responsibilities do citizens have? The conference theme thus brings together issues that have been treated in philosophical disciplines such as social/political epistemology, deliberative and epistemic democratic theory, and philosophy of science, but also in neighboring disciplines such as science and technology studies, theories of the professions, or media studies. As is appropriate for a conference hosted at a center for “Philosophy, Politics, and Economics”, we want to bring together different perspectives, in an interdisciplinary dialogue.

Organized by Lisa Herzog, in collaboration with Patrizia Nanz, Jeroen de Ridder, Boudewijn de Bruin, Jan-Willem Romeijn and Mathias Frisch.

Call for Papers

GRIPh lecture: Elliott Sober

When:Mo 18-05-2020
Where:TBA, Groningen

The annual GRIPh lecture is organized by the Faculty of Philosophy in collaboration with Studium Generale Groningen.

Elliott Sober is Professor in Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, and Philosophy of Mind at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University under the supervision of Hilary Putnam in 1974. Professor Sober’s areas of research are philosophy of science and philosophy of evolutionary biology.

Title and abstract TBA.

Mark Schroeder

When:We 20-05-2020 15:15 - 17:00
Where:Room Omega

Colloquium lecture by Mark Schroeder (University of Southern California), organized by the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy.

Title and abstract TBA

Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VII

From:We 27-05-2020
Until:Th 28-05-2020
Where:CHPS, Radboud University Nijmegen

The Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy brings together advanced graduate students and established scholars from all over the world to discuss the latest work in early modern philosophy, broadly conceived. Building on the success of the previous 2014–2019 editions, the seminar offers workshop-style collaborations in order to stimulate scholarly exchange. The seminar hosts 10 papers selected through the call for papers, and 2 lectures by the keynote speakers. The language of presentation and discussion is English.

Keynote speakers are: Professor Jennifer Marusic (Brandeis University) and Professor Paolo Pecere (Roma Tre University).

You can apply here by January 19.

Attendance is free and all are welcome. If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact Laura Georgescu.

Summerschool: Methodology in the History of Philosophy

From:Su 05-07-2020
Until:Th 09-07-2020
Where:Room Alfa

Confirmed lecturers are: Christia Mercer (Colombia University), Delphine Antoine-Mahut (ENS Lyon), Jan van Ophuijsen (Utrecht University), Kobus Marais (UFS South Africa)

History of philosophy has become increasingly mindful of the need for critical reflection on its methodologies. Instead of merely pursuing the oftentimes narrow way of reading and understanding a philosophical work by means of analytical or rational reconstruction, researchers have become increasingly sensitive to the historical context and situatedness of a philosophical text.

Furthermore, the field has become aware of the harmful exclusion of underrepresented or marginalised groups (such as women philosophers, or non-western traditions of philosophy). There is a growing desire to move beyond the traditional boundaries of the philosophical canon studying also the so called ‘minor’ figures of our past. In short, the field has seen the need for a more inclusivist approach of studying past authors. In addition, new approaches such as digital humanities are opening up new exciting means of analysing texts on large scales.

The Department of History of Philosophy at the University of Groningen invites papers of master’s and PhD students as well as junior and senior researchers. The aim of the summer school is to collaboratively reflect on methodological changes in history of philosophy as well as to foster interactions between philosophers at different stages of their career. The summer school will offer participants new insights into the different approaches to the study of the history of philosophy. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own practices of interpretation, and develop a more differentiated approach to the history of philosophy.

View programme, learning outcomes and applications procedure

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