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Summer School on Public Philosophy and Social Ontology, 26-30 August 2019, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jan 29, 2019

Deadline: Mar 31, 2019

Event Dates: from Aug 26, 2019 12:00 to Aug 30, 2019 12:00

Public Philosophy and Social Ontology

Rights and Responsibilities for a Just Society

How do people live together? And how should they live together? Answering these questions requires a conception of society, and of the role that social practices, institutions and organizations play in it. But what are these social structures? What are their functions? And how can they contribute to a just society?

The main themes of this summer school are:

  • Social practices and institutions: incentives & norms, nature & function
  • Social construction and social change: identity / discrimination
  • Social groups and collective agents: responsibility & rights
  • Social structures and individual autonomy: concord / conflict

This summer school brings together experts in social theory, social ontology, ethics, and political philosophy. It serves to bring recent developments in social ontology to bear on public philosophy.


  • Christina Bicchieri (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Sally Haslanger (MIT)

  • Stephanie Collins (Australian Catholic University)

  • University of Groningen: Andreas Schmidt, Titus Stahl, Justin Bruner & Frank Hindriks

Course information

Target group

The summer school is designed for PhD students in philosophy with a background or interest in the social sciences. Research Master students and post-docs are also welcome to apply.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  1. gain a deeper understanding of some of the main approaches in social ontology
  2. learn how to apply them to issues in public philosophy – including collective rights and responsibilities
  3. improve communication skills within the research community
  4. meet experts and other Phd students in social ontology and public philosophy


The participants are expected to read all the assigned literature, to do assignments, to actively participate in the discussions and to write a paper at the end of the course.
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance after successful completion of the course.


  • € 350 (for non-OZSW members)
  • € 300 (for OZSW members)

This fee includes lunch (5x), dinner (4x), and coffee and tea throughout the day.

Accommodation is not included. Participants need to arrange their own accommodation. For a list of possibilities, kindly contact the organizers.

Application procedure

Participation is limited. Please register before 31 March 2019 through the online application form. Applicants should submit a narrative CV (half a page) together with a motivation for participating (half a page).

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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