“Ethical Theory & Applied Ethics” (2014)

Invitation / Call for applications 




Dates: 10-14 March 2014
Location: Woodbrooke Hotel, Barchem, The Netherlands
Application deadline: 1 November 2013

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the Ethics Institute of Utrecht University invite you to a five-day winter school on Ethical Theory and Applied Ethics from 10-14 March 2014. This intensive course will be held at the Woodbrooke Hotel in Barchem, the Netherlands.

This course is aimed at PhD students but also open to Research Master students. Previous education in practical philosophy and ethics is required, and must extend beyond the level of a BA level introductory ethics course.

The aim of the course is to give an overview of the role of different normative theories in applied contexts, and to discuss methods of justification of normative claims and further methodological issues (such as the use of empirical research in ethics) The participants are expected to connect these discussions to their own research projects.

The preliminary programme for the course can be found here.



As this is a compact and intensive course, active preparation by the participants is required. Before the beginning of the Winter School, participants are expected to study the reader containing the background literature for the course (approximately 400 pages)

During the course, each participant will give a presentation discussing the role of theory in her research. This presentation provides an opportunity for the participant to discuss any questions regarding methodology (s)he may have with the professors and other participants of the Winter School.

After the course, each participant is expected to write a paper (2.500-4.000 words) in which (s)he discusses the role of theory in her/his own project. The discussions should refer to the content of the Winter School (the lectures; discussions and literature) which is particularly relevant to the project of the participant.
Deadline: April 1, 2014.


Participants pay a contribution of 450 Euro for meals and accommodation, and are expected to make their own travel arrangements. PhD students of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy pay a reduced fee of 400 Euro.


Please fill out the form at aanmelder.nl. You will be asked to add:

  • your contact details (email address, telephone number and postal address),
  • a brief description of your academic background, in which you clearly indicate your previous education in (practical) philosophy and ethics (max. 300 words),
  • a description of your PhD project (max. 500 words) and
  • a brief motivation for taking part in the course.

If your application is accepted, your contact information and the description of your research project will be included in the reader for the Winter School.

When the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, we will give priority to PhD students of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy. You will be notified of whether your application has been accepted before 15 November 2013.



This course is coordinated by Dr. Frederike Kaldewaij. For further information related to the contents of this course, please contact the coordinator at the following e-mail address: Frederike.Kaldewaij@phil.uu.nl.

For practical inquiries, please contact secretariaat@ozsw.nl.