Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy 2021

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The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology invite PhD students and ReMa students in philosophy to register for the OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy to take place on April 22, 2021.

Organizing university

Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology


April 22, 2021



Type of activity

Graduate conference in theoretical philosophy

Type of activity


Primary target group

PhD students and 2nd year ReMa students

Application/registration deadline

Short abstract submission deadline: February 8, 2021.
Decision of acceptance: February 15, 2021
Long abstract submission deadline: April 1, 2021
Registration opens: February 17, 2021
Registration closes: April 22, 2021

About the topic

The OZSW invites contributed papers for its graduate conference in theoretical philosophy to be held online on April 22, 2021. The conference features talks by the Dutch-based academic philosophy community (including ReMa and PhD students). This includes those who have (or will have) an official appointment at a Dutch academic institution, those who have had an official appointment at a Dutch academic institution within the past two years, or Dutch philosophers with an affiliation abroad.

This year’s graduate conference will be organized jointly by Delft University of Technology (TUD) and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). As universities of technology, both institutions lack educational programmes in philosophy but at the same have philosophy groups that are deeply involved in studying (socio-)epistemological, methodological and metaphysical aspects of science, engineering and technology as well as a wide array of questions of an ethical nature raised by science and technology and their central place in modern society. In view of this, the conference organizers would especially encourage the submission of contributions that discuss or relate to science, engineering and/or technology, in some form or other, or interdisciplinary approaches that discuss how theoretical can be related to practical or applied philosophy and to praxis itself.

The 2021 Annual Conference on Theoretical Philosophy will be held online. The conference will focus on individual short-presentations of 6 min, followed by a brief commentary by a more senior scholar (a postdoc or an assistant professor) of 5 minutes. Presenters will have 5 minutes to rebut comments. A general Q&A will be approximately 14 minutes. Please prepare your abstracts for blind review, and submit your extended abstract as a PDF file.

Aim / objective

We invite submissions of both a short abstract (max. 250 words) and an extended abstract (max. 2,500 words) through EasyChair on this link. The deadline for the short abstract is February 8th, 2021. In case of acceptance of the short abstract, authors will be invited to submit a longer abstract by April 1st, 2021


9:00 – 09:10 Welcome (Juan Duran)

9:10 – 10:10 Presentations (chair: Juan Duran)

– Haleh Asgarinia. Extending the Scope of Privacy Impact Assessment beyond Individual Privacy

– Marit de Jong and Robert Prey. The Behavioral Code: Recommender systems and the technical code of behaviorism

– Hugo Hogenbirk. Transformative receptacles, individuals and The Fragmentation of Being

10:10 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:30 Presentations (chair: Dunja Šešelja)

– Fleur Petit. Challenges for Implementation of Virtue Ethics in A.I. Systems

– Jonne Maas. Epistemic instability during AI design: the limitations of designers’ interpretations

– Maud van Lier. Trust in Computational Technologies

11:30-12:00 Break

12:00-13:00 Presentations (chair: Dunja Šešelja)

– Gerrit Schaafsma. (Re)engineering the atmosphere: Virtue ethics and geoengineering

– Ben Hofbauer. Exploring Normative Uncertainty. An Applied Approach for the Case of Climate Engineering with Stratospheric Aerosol Injection

– Keje Boersma. Recognizing Interventionism. The importance of the human-nature distinction for addressing the anthropocene

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00 Presentations (chair: Maarten Franssen)

– Giacomo Figà Talamanca. First opinions, then people. The unmediated experience of others’ beliefs and its implications for uncivil debate and lack of mutual understanding

– Anne Nelissen. How we became our brains

– Aishwarya Suresh Iyer and Gaia Belardinelli. Attention Economics: Moral Responsibility of Social Media Users

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:30 Presentations (chair: TBA)

– Giorgia Pozzi. XAI in healthcare and epistemic authority’s infringement through incontestability: conceptualizing epistemic injustice

– Greeshma Chauhan. Understanding the relation between humans and non-human animals in the pharmaceutical industry: Technological alternatives to animal testing

– Charlotte Bomhof and Eline Bunnik. The ethical dilemma of allowing patients to pay out of pocket for expensive cancer treatments

16:30-17:00 informal discussion (open for various topics, such as job opportunities in philosophy, topics researched across the Netherlands, PhD research during the covid crisis, etc.)

Certificate / credit points

Students who present their work at the conference, will earn 1 ECTS.


Participation is free, but pre-registration is required.

Registration/application form

Please register using this form.

Please note that when registering for OZSW activities, you will be explicitly asked to accept our registration and cancellation policy, including our policy on cancellation fees. These policies can be found here.


Dunja Šešelja (TU/e)
Juan Manuel Durán (TUD)
Krist Vaesen (TU/e)
Maarten Franssen (TUD)

Contact info

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