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CANCELLED Delphine Antoine-Mahut: What does it mean to be Cartesian?

When:We 18-09-2019 15:15 - 17:00
Where:Room Omega

Colloquium lecture by Delphine Antoine-Mahut (ENS Lyon) organized by the Department of the History of Philosophy

We can distinguish three main answers to the question: "What does it mean to be Cartesian?" The first consists in returning to what Descartes himself distinguished as being truly his or specific to him, even if he would not, of course, have used the adjective: in short, that which defines what we would now call his philosophical identity. The second has us turning our gaze towards those who claim to be following the lineage of the philosophy of Descartes, presenting themselves as his continuers, mediators or even disciples. Finally, the third has us envisaging the detractors of his philosophy who claim the same "faithfulness" but from a perspective of criticism rather than praise. Thus, "being Cartesian" designates the variety of positions resulting from these interactions, a variety for which Descartes is neither completely responsible nor completely innocent. After looking into the main characteristics and stakes of each of the three answers, we shall focus on the first. We shall show how, through a series of "interwoven portraits", Descartes painted his philosophical self-portrait for both his contemporaries and posterity. After examining "genuine Cartesianism", we shall conclude by opening onto more general topics of discussion concerning our practices as historians of philosophy.

Symposium: Ancient Buddhist Meditation

When:We 06-11-2019 10:00 - 17:00
Where:Faculty of Philosophy

Meditation practices are a core component of Ancient Indian Buddhism and an essential factor in the development of Buddhist philosophy as a whole. Ancient Buddhist meditation is naturally intertwined with key philosophical topics such as the nature of consciousness and qualia, the phenomenology of subjective experience, the nature of emotions, the self, causality, free will and the meaning of life.

Symposium Ancient Buddhist Meditation - Historical, Philosophical and Comparative Perspectives, organized by the OZSW Study Group in Comparative and Global Philosophy. Keynote by Prof. Rupert Gethin (Bristol). View full description and Call for Papers (deadline 1 Sept 2019)

Workshop: Cause Marketing

When:Fr 08-11-2019
Where:Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, Groningen

Currently, there is an increasing demand from the public for commercial organizations to be more engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility. One of the things companies do is to set up a collaboration with a charity. For example, in cause-related marketing (CM) campaigns, companies make a donation every time a certain product is sold. Companies hope to “do well by doing good” with such CSR campaigns.

To understand how these collaborations work best for both the company as well as the charity it is necessary to better understand the motivations of people to buy at CM investing companies, but also why people engage in moral behavior like donating to charities in the first place. These questions have been studied in the field of psychology, marketing, as well as behavioral economics. Each of these disciplines take their own perspectives and use their own methods, yet the topic of research is the same. For example, marketing research focuses on the drivers of CM effectiveness, e.g. the influence of the donation amount on the company’s return. Their main finding that consumers might respond to the donation irrespective of the actual donation amount can be used by companies to increase their return on investments from CM. This, however, is not in the interest of charities that are dependent on the overall amount donated.

While marketing research most often focuses on the company’s side, psychology and behavioral economics more often take the perspective of the donor and/or the charity. Unfortunately, there is not much contact between the various disciplines, while CM campaigns by definition consists of the three stakeholders companies, charities, and consumers/donors. The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars and practitioners from various disciplines.

Preliminary programme (speakers are confirmed) workshop Cause Marketing

For whom?

The workshop is open to scholars from the various disciplines. Moreover, we cordially invite practitioners (e.g., marketeers from forprofit, and nonprofit sectors) to attend. To increase interaction between scholars and practitioners, we will organize a speed dating session. Workshop language will be English.

Workshop fee

The attendance fee is 20 Euro (including lunch). The workshop dinner is optional (40 euro). Registration deadline is November 1. The registration link will be open soon.

Travel grants

We are pleased to announce that two IAREP student travel support grants (max. 200 Euro each) are available for graduate students to attend the workshop “How effective charity-company collaborations are created and why people donate to charities”. These travel grants are meant to cover (part of) the travel and lodging costs for (international) graduate students. Note that the registration fee for the recipients will be waived.

To apply for the travel grant, send in a 1-page letter of motivation and your CV to Submission deadline is September 15, 2019. We will evaluate the submissions and inform the recipients by the end of September.

Contact information

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact dr. Marijke Leliveld ( ). We look forward welcoming you in Groningen! Organizing team: Marijke Leliveld, Jan Schmitz, Daniel Västfjäll.

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