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Workshop: Exploring the structure of appearance

Vanaf:vr 24-01-2020
Tot en met:vr 03-04-2020
Waar: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

Simon Friederich & Andreas Schmidt: Longtermism and Existential Risk

Wanneer:wo 04-03-2020 20:00 - 21:30
Waar:Room Omega

The Next One Billion Years: Introduction to Longtermism and Existential Risk

Climate change, advances in artificial intelligence and other recent developments urge us to consider how our actions now affect humanity’s long-term future. What moral duties do we have towards future people? And what do those duties imply practically, for individual action and public policy for example? In this talk, Andreas Schmidt (Philosophy) and Simon Friederich (UCG) will give an introduction to the main themes of the Groningen Longtermism Lecture Series. Andreas will discuss the ethics of future generations and discuss one radical approach: according to longtermism, because future people potentially vastly outnumber us, we often have overriding duties to attend to future people's wellbeing, including millions of years from now. Simon Friederich will discuss how focusing on humanity’s future more generally urges us to consider risks that threaten humanity’s survival. They will then briefly survey some of those existential risks, including catastrophic climate change, AI takeover risk, pandemics and others.

The Groningen Longtermism Lecture Series is organised by the Centre for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) in cooperation with Effective Altruism Groningen. From an interdisciplinary perspective, expert researchers will get us thinking about humanity’s long-term prospects and challenges. A central focus will be existential risks, such as catastrophic climate change, AI risk, pandemics and others. What can and should we do, both as a society and as individuals, to contribute to humanity’s long-term flourishing? Come and find out – everyone welcome!

Workshop: Criticizing Forms of Life

Wanneer:wo 01-04-2020
Waar: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

Groningse Nacht van de Filosofie

Vanaf:vr 17-04-2020 20:00
Tot en met:za 18-04-2020 00:30
Waar:Forum Groningen

Thema: Het uur van de waarheid

De Groningse Nacht van de Filosofie 2020 vindt plaats in het Forum Groningen en wordt georganiseerd door het Forum i.s.m. Studium Generale Groningen en de Faculteit Wijsbegeerte.

Alle informatie en kaarten via de website van Forum!

Knowledge, Citizenship, Democracy

Vanaf:wo 22-04-2020
Tot en met:vr 24-04-2020
Waar: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

Wanneer:ma 18-05-2020
Waar: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

Wanneer:wo 20-05-2020 15:15 - 17:00
Waar: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

Vanaf:wo 27-05-2020
Tot en met:do 28-05-2020
Waar: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

Vanaf:zo 05-07-2020
Tot en met:do 09-07-2020
Waar: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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