39th Dutch-Flemish Day of Philosophy

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the University of Twente invite all to register for the 39th Dutch-Flemish Day of Philosophy to take place on Februari 22nd 2020.

Organizing university

University of Twente


Februari 22nd 2020

Type of activity


Application/registration deadline

Abstracts: January 7th, 2019
Registration: February 15, 2020

About the topic

Conference theme: Philosophy and Ethics of Emerging Technologies

Every major activity in our lives today – whether it is work, recreation, learning, communication or travel – depends on technology. All major institutions in society – from government, healthcare and defence to education, religion and law – are increasingly dependent on technology, too, and changes in these institutions are largely technology-driven. Modern technology has had many benefits for humanity, enhancing welfare and individual freedom. It has also brought hazards. These range from environmental problems to issues of rationalization and alienation.

In other words, in a modern society technology is everywhere, touching everything we do. Such a pervasive force calls for moral reflection. How can humans develop and use technology responsibly, so that it benefits humans and society, avoids harms to persons, society and the environment, upholds and does not violate individual and civil rights and standards of justice and fairness, and promotes other values that we hold dear? Moreover, also the desirability of thinking in terms of technological development itself may be questioned.

Aim / objective

The annual Day of Philosophy offers a special opportunity for philosophers working at Flemish and Dutch universities to exchange views from different disciplines and traditions. The Day of Philosophy is an activity of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW).



10:00-10:30: Greetings, registration and coffee

10:30-11:45: Keynote Session 1 -dr. Fred Keijzer (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen): “Philosophy of the Future”

11:45-12:30: Lunch at U ParkHotel

12:30-14:20: Paper Session 1 (General Philosophy) -Dmitri Van Capelleveen (Vrije): “A Solution to the Problem of Intertheoretic Value Comparisons”  -TJ De Almeida Brito (Utrecht): “Universal Basic Income and the Future of Work” -Farhan Idris (Bras Basah Open/Singapore): “Creativity and Aesthetics in Virno and Abhinavagupta”  -Jing Yu (Leiden): “The Category Reduction Problem of Lews’s Humean Ontology”

14:20-14:30: Coffee Break

14:30-15:55: Paper Session 2 (Information Technology and Philosophy)  -Zuzanna Rucinska (Antwerp): “Virtual reality and Real Feelings of Presence”

-Anco Peeters (Ruhr-University Bochum): “Virtues, Robots, and the Enactive Self”

-Martine Boonk: “Is Data Obfuscation Ethically Justified to Protect Privacy?”

15:55-16:05: Coffee Break

16:05-17:30: Paper Session 3 (Energy, Innovation, and Philosophy of Technology)
– dr. ir. Erik Laes (Eindhoven): “On the Upscaling of Community Energy as an Empowering Dynamic”

– Mandi Astola (Eindhoven): “Insights for Participative Innovation from the Debate on Deliberation”

– Hannah Hilligardt (Amsterdam): “Latour and ‘Tipping Points’”

17:30-17:45: Coffee break

17:45-19:00: Keynote Session 2 -dr. Katleen Gabriels (Department of Philosophy, Maastricht University): “Rules for Robots”

19:30-21:30: Conference Dinner, Enschede city center

Key note speakers

Dr. Dr. Katleen Gabriels, Department of Philosophy, Maastricht University

Dr. Fred Keijzer, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen

Abstract submission

We are inviting abstracts in all areas of philosophy. Contributions may be related to the theme of the day, but may also be about one’s own research. PhD- and Master students are explicitly invited to present their research. Abstracts should be roughly 500 words in English or Dutch.

Please send your abstract to Patrick Smith, p.t.smith@utwente.nl before December 22nd, 2019. In addition, please provide us with a short biography of up to 150 words. Notification of acceptance will occur no later than January 15th, 2020.

Required preparations


Location / accommodation details

U ParkHotel, De Veldmaat 8, 7522 NM Enschede

How to apply / register

Deadline submission of abstracts: December 22, 2019 (see abstract submission)
Deadline registration: February 15, 2019 (see form below)

Registration/application form


Please note that this is the registration form for the day itself, and not for sending abstracts.


Patrick Smith, University of Twente

Contact info

For further information related to the contents of this course, please contact Patrick Smith, p.t.smith@utwente.nl. For practical inquiries, contact secretariaat@ozsw.nl