2018 OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are pleased to invite postdocs, PhD students & Research Master students to the 2018 OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy, to take place in January 2018. Theme of this year’s TPGC is ‘Philosophy and the ALT World.’

Organizing university

University of Amsterdam (UvA)


9-11 January 2018


University of Amsterdam (room TBA)

Type of activity

Graduate conference

Primary target group

Postdocs, PhD students, ReMa students

Application/registration deadline

10 Nov 2017: Deadline abstracts
1 Dec 2017: Notification of acceptance
15 Dec 2017: Registration deadline
9-11 Jan 2018: Conference

About the topic

In the wake of the recent rise of populism, a whole host of Alternative (ALT) phenomena has come to public prominence. Our conference undertakes to chart ALT phenomena comprehensively, with an emphasis on the problems they raise in ontological, semantic, epistemological, and cognitive respects. Urgent questions include the relation of ALT ontologies with conventional ones, the description and evaluation of ALT languages and their truth content, the workings and parameters of the ALT mind, and, crucially, requirements for an effective philosophical critique of ALT phenomena.

The scope of our conference is inclusive. Even a cursory overview of the current ALT world brings home that ontological issues, as much as issues in semantics, epistemology and cognition, have serious normative ramifications. In order to tease out what these ramifications are, we invite considerations from a wide array of philosophical approaches. Our conference welcomes discussions of formal methods and philosophy of science, just as much as of approaches more commonly found in the critique of ideology or in political thinkers such as Arendt or Fromm.

Key note speakers

Abstract submission

We encourage submissions from Research Master students, PhD students, and PostDocs in any field that is relevant to the conference theme and scope. Abstracts should be max. 500 words.

Abstract submission form (deadline: 10 November 2017)


Registration 50€, includes coffee breaks, lunches, and conference dinner.

Location / accommodation details

Participants are expected to make their own arrangements for accommodation.

How to apply / register

A registration form will be posted here in due time.

Contact info

Further information: email  OZSW-2018-fgw@uva.nl. For practical inquiries, contact us at secreteriaat@ozsw.nl.