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Big Data and the Insurance Industry: Who Is Responsible?

When:We 20-11-2019 15:15 - 17:00
Where:Room Omega

Colloquium lecture by Lisa Herzog, organized by the Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Economics

The arrival of “Big Data” has been described as “game changers” for the insurance industry. In this paper, I discuss these developments from the perspective of justice, applying the framework of luck egalitarianism. Luck egalitarianism has often been criticized as a general theory of justice, but it seems well-suited for grasping our moral intuitions about the design of specific institutions, and insurance markets seem a good case in point. With new data sources, the line between “choice” and “circumstances” could be drawn with much more precision – or so it seems. But if one looks into these possibilities in more detail, it turns out that not only are there many practical challenges, the theoretical challenges of what this line actually consists in also creates problems. Rather than finding a notion of responsible behavior in data, it is often a matter of constructing such a notion, and of thereby taking into account the – often unjust – contexts in which individuals act. There is great need for political regulation in this area, and at the same time, the new technical possibilities of data analysis can help sharpen our intuitions about the theoretical issues at stake.

Civil Liberty and Fundamental Rights: a Neo-Roman Approach

When:We 15-01-2020 15:15 - 17:00
Where:Room Omega

Colloquium lecture by Prof. Quentin Skinner, organized by the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought

This paper investigates two aspects of the neo-Roman theory of freedom.  The first claims that to enjoy civil liberty is to possess the status of a free person, and that this status consists in not being subject to the will of anyone else.  The second claims that the concept of fundamental rights is best understood as that list of co-exercisable liberties which must be secured to each of us if we are to possess the status of free persons.  Some objections that have lately been raised against these arguments are then considered and answered.  The paper ends by seeking to show that the espousal of a neo-Roman perspective might be the best means of addressing some current threats to civil liberties.

Quentin Skinner has been Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary University of London since 2008.  He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1962, where he was elected a Fellow of Christ’s College in the same year and appointed to a Lectureship in the Faculty of History in 1965.  He was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton between 1974 and 1979, and Regius Professor of History at Cambridge between 1996 and 2008.  He has held visiting Professorships at Amsterdam, Berkeley, Canberra, Chicago, Harvard, Leuven, Northwestern, Oxford, Peking, Princeton and Washington St Louis; also at the Collège de France, the École des Hautes Etudes and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a foreign member of numerous other national academies.  His scholarship is available in more than two dozen languages, and has won him many awards, including the Isaiah Berlin Prize, the Wolfson History Prize, the Bielefeld Wissenschaftspreis, a Balzan Prize and two awards from the American Political Science Association.  He has been the recipient of honorary degrees from more than a dozen leading universities.  His two-volume study, The Foundations of Modern Political Thought (1978), was listed by the Times Literary Supplement in 1996 as one of the hundred most influential books published since World War II.  

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.

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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).

Attendance is free and all are welcome. If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact Laura Georgescu (l.georgescu rug.nl).

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