Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Winter School on Rationality - Groningen

(Potentially of interest to M-Phi readers and their students.)

On January 27th-28th 2014, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen will host a short Winter School aimed at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. The theme of the winter school is Rationality, and it will consist of 5 tutorials of 2 sessions each where the topic will be discussed from different viewpoints: theoretical rationality, practical rationality, and the history of the concept of rationality.


  • Catarina Dutilh Novaes: ‘Rationality and the psychology of reasoning’
  • Martin Lenz: ‘Rationalism in the history of philosophy’
  • Jan-Willem Romeijn: ‘Rationality and scientific method’
  • Bart Streumer: ‘Philosophical views on practical reasoning’
  • Peter Timmerman: 'Social contract theory and rationality' 

Moreover, Prof. Pauline Kleingeld may deliver a guest lecture (TBC).

As such, the program will showcase the high level of teaching and research of the three departments of the Faculty (theoretical philosophy; ethics, social and political philosophy; history of philosophy). The winter school aims in particular (but not exclusively) to attract potential talented students for our Research Masters’ program, who in this way will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the Faculty and the different lines of research we pursue.


The Faculty is offering up to three EUR 300 scholarships for the best students enrolling in the winter school, and who express serious interest in later applying for the Research Masters’ program. Moreover, participants who are then accepted in the Research Masters’ program for the year 2014/2015 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 Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen and the Research Masters’ program in particular, to winterschoolphilosophy 'at' with 'Application for winter school scholarship' as subject. Deadline to apply for the scholarships: December 1st 2013. Preference will be given to members of underrepresented groups in philosophy (women, people of color, persons with disabilities etc.).


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 December 15th 2013. As the number of spots is limited, you are encouraged to register early.


Another attractive feature of the winter school is the fact that two major international conferences will take place immediately after the school, which makes a trip to Groningen even more worthwhile for those coming from far away. These are:

Sixth Conference of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Analytic Philosophy (January 29-31)
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (January 29-30)

Dates: January 27th – 28th 2014
Scholarship application deadline: December 1st 2013
Registration deadline: December 15th 2013
Registration fee: EUR 50 (to be reimbursed for those later accepted in the ReMa program)

Further inquiries can be directed to Catarina Dutilh Novaes, c.dutilh.novaes 'at'

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