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: December 22, 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).




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


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