OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy 2016

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the University of Twente invite anyone interested to the “OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy (OZSW-GCTP2016)”: “How Philosophy Meets the World”, to take place from 20 to 22 April 2016. At the conference, PhD & Research Master students will present their current research.


Organizing university

University of Twente


20 - 22 April 2016



Type of activity

Graduate conference

Primary target group

PhD students, ReMa students

Application/registration deadline

The abstract submission deadline is February 21, 2016. This is an extended deadline!

The registration for attending the conference is already open, see the form below. If your attendance depends on whether your abstract is accepted for presentation, please wait with registering until then.

About the topic

OZSW-GCTP2016: “How Philosophy Meets the World”

Philosophers are often pictured as far removed from reality, living in ivory towers. But often philosophy, even of the more theoretical kind, has potential for a huge impact on the way we think about aspects of the world and live our lives. Philosophers themselves often need more encouragement to think about how their ideas and fields have meaning and relevance beyond academic walls, and the directions along which their fields can change our ideas about the world or make contributions to practical problems in science, ethics, society, and so on.

For the Dutch Research School of Philosophy Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy (OZSW-GCTP2016), we are interested in how young researchers situate and demonstrate the relevance of their work. What are the importance or significance of the problems you discuss? What is the importance and significance of your approach to those problems? How do you hope to advance them, and by doing so what might the benefits be both to philosophy but also outside the walls of the philosophy department?

For this conference, we invite graduate students to submit abstracts for presentations of 20 minutes in the field of theoretical philosophy in both its analytic and its continental tradition (philosophy of mind, language and science, logic, metaphysics, epistemology and aesthetics). Presentations can be on any topic in these areas, but they should also reflect on how this work connects philosophy to the world or our understanding of it. Apart from some fantastic keynote speakers, the conference will have a range of social and academic activities; a great chance to meet and talk with other graduate students in your field!


The program can be found here.

An overview of abstracts of the parallel-sessions can be found here.

Key note speakers


There are two registration options:

30 Euro: Conference only (incl. lunch/coffee/tea on all days)

60 Euro: Conference + social programme (dinner on two days)

Location / accommodation details

Conference venue: the conference will be held at the Conference Hotel Drienerburght at the campus of the University of Twente.


How to apply / register

Final registration deadline will be: 17 April 2016

Registration/application form


The conference is organized by the Philosophy of Science in Practice Group in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente:

  • Prof. dr. ir. Mieke Boon
  • Bas de Boer, MSci
  • Dr. Koray Karaca
  • Dr. Miles MacLeod


Contact info

Dr. Koray Karaca at: k.karaca@utwente.nl