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.


Location: Doelenzaal

12:30 – 14:00 Joint lunch with rMA Winterschool
14:00 – 15:15 Keynote speaker: Michela Massimi
15:15 – 16:00 Lucy Benjamin: Do you Speak Alt-Right? Laughter, Language and Ethics in the Trump Era
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee
16:30 – 17:15 Sofia Bokros: Epistemic Authority, Superiority and Preemption: How should we respond to the testimony of experts?
17:15 – 18:00 Andreas de Jong: Negative Existentials and the Revisionism of Fictional Realism
18:00 – 18:45 Deva Waal: Linguistic Pragmatism and Ontology in Wittgenstein
Dinner at own arrangements

Location: OMHP C2.17

09:00 – 09:15 Coffee
09:15 – 10:00 Roy Dings: Self-deceptive narratives: the importance of socio-material scaffolding
10:00 – 10:45 Tiago Lazier: Truth and Meaning: How to Fight Against Alt Movements
10:45 – 11:30 Wilson Lee: Truth as Terrible as Death: Doxastic False Consciousness and the Problem of Voluntary Servitude
11:30 – 12:15 Anna Leuschner: How to Deal with the Dilemma of Climate Change Communication
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 Giulia Napolitano: Conspiracy Theories and Evidential Support
14:15 – 15:00 Casper Verstegen: #Mob: the alt-right as modern day mob
15:00 – 15:45 Victoria Lavorerio: Should we trust the (alt) news?
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee
16:15 – 17:00 Frank van Caspel: Davidson & Alternative Ontologies
17:00 – 17:45 Lizabeth Dijkstra: Truth is not the Answer
17:45 – 19:00 Keynote speaker: Jason Stanley
19:15 – 23:00 Conference dinner

Location: OMHP C2.17

09:00 – 09:30 Coffee
09:30 – 10:15 Maximilian Rossmann: Models, Narratives and the assessment of knowledge
10:15 – 11:00 Alex Thinius: Ethnopluralism and the concept of plurality: continuities and discontinuities with ALT
11:00 – 12.15 Keynote speaker: Rahel Jaeggi

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

Please register using this form.

Contact info

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