“Uncertainty, Conflict and Disagreement”
University of Groningen Winter School in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
The University of Groningen will be hosting its second annual winter school in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) on January 29-30, 2018. The theme of this year’s winter school is “Uncertainty, Conflict and Disagreement.” From the perspective of the various disciplines that make up PPE, we will explore questions like: How do we design mutually acceptable social institutions and public policies when we disagree fundamentally with each other about basic empirical facts and questions of justice? How can we be responsible stewards of the future given the extreme difficulty of predicting the long-run effects of our present choices? How do we identify fair compromises between conflicting values, and how far should we be willing to compromise our values in order to preserve a shared moral and political community? Students will have the opportunity to learn from University of Groningen faculty whose research bears on these questions. This year’s instructors include Francesca Giardini, Leah Henderson, Frank Hindriks, Jan Albert van Laar, Chiara Lisciandra, Andreas Schmidt, and Allard Tamminga.
Dates: January 29-30, 2018 (approximately 9am-6pm both days)
Location: Faculty of Philosophy (Oude Boteringestraat 52), Groningen, Netherlands
What makes economic and political institutions just, legitimate, or otherwise desirable? What ethical criteria should we use to evaluate the results of public policy …
Language of instruction: English
Who is eligible to attend?
The winter school is aimed at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. No specific academic prerequisites are required, but some preference will be given to students with substantial background in one of the core disciplines of PPE (philosophy, politics, or economics) or in related fields like public policy, psychology, sociology, etc. One aim of the winter school is to attract potential applicants for the University of Groningen’s new Master’s programme in PPE (and to other graduate programs in the Faculty of Philosophy). Therefore, students considering graduate study in philosophy or PPE are particularly encouraged to apply.
There is a registration fee of €40, to be paid online by January 1, 2018. This fee will be reimbursed for those later accepted into one of the Master’s programmes at the Faculty of Philosophy. The fee includes participation in the programme and coffee/tea breaks.
The Faculty is offering up to three €300 scholarships for promising students enrolling in the winter school who express serious interest in later applying for a Master’s programme in Groningen. These scholarships can be used to defray travel and lodging costs and well as the registration fee for the winter school. Moreover, participants who are then accepted into a Master’s programme at the Faculty of Philosophy for the year 2018-19 will have their registration fee reimbursed.
To apply for a scholarship, send a short CV (max 2 pages) and a letter (max 1 page) stating your interest in the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen and one of our Master’s programmes in particular, to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Application for winter school scholarship’ as subject, no later than1 December 2017.
To register, send an email with your name, affiliation and status (undergraduate, graduate) to email@example.com with ‘Registration for winter school’ as the subject line, no later than 15 December 2017. As the number of spots is limited, you are encouraged to register early. Preference will be given to advanced undergraduate students.
Winter School application deadline: 15 December 2017
Scholarship application deadline: 1 December 2017
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application shortly after the closing date of December 15. Please do not make travel arrangements until your acceptance has been confirmed.