About Agents and Agency Qinter School
After two very successful installments, on January 25th-26th 2016, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningenwill host its third yearly Winter School, aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. The theme of the Winter School this year is Agents and Agency, and it will consist of 6 tutorials where the topic will be discussed from different viewpoints: theoretical philosophy, practical philosophy, and the history of philosophy.
In very general terms, an agent is a being with the capacity to act, i.e. a being who chooses at least to some extent its course of events; agency denotes the exercise or manifestation of this capacity. Some authors see agency as the characteristic feature of humans, whereas others extend the concept of agency to non-human animals. While some entities in the world are agents, i.e. have agency thus understood, others – say, inanimate objects – seemingly are not, but even this categorization is not unproblematic. In other words, the notions of agent and agency bring along a host of philosophical issues. Debates about the nature of agency have a long-standing tradition in the history of philosophy, and flourished over the past few decades in contemporary philosophy as well as other areas of research. The nature of agency is an important issue in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of psychology, the debates on free will and moral responsibility, in ethics, meta-ethics, and in the debates on the nature of reasons and rationality (including issues pertaining to epistemic agency). Moreover, understanding the roots of this debate is a matter of considerable discussion among historians of philosophy. This Winter School will provide an introduction to this complex and fascinating array of problems and approaches.
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. 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' rug.nl with 'Application for winter school scholarship' as subject. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is December 1st 2015. 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' rug.nl with 'Registration for winter school' as subject, no later than December 15th 2015. As the number of spots is limited, you are encouraged to register early.
- Dates: January 25th – 26th 2016
- Scholarship application deadline: December 1st 2015
- Registration deadline: December 15th 2015
- Registration fee: EUR 40, to be paid in person in Groningen
Further inquiries can be directed to Catarina Dutilh Novaes, c.dutilh.novaes 'at' rug.nl, and Andrea Sangiacomo, a.sangiacomo ‘at’ rug.nl
Location: Faculty of Philosophy