Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy

logo Erasmus Universiteit RotterdamThe Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil) cordially invite PhD candidates and ReMa students in theoretical philosophy to register for the Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy to take place on 11 December, 2023.

Organizing university

Erasmus University Rotterdam


December 11, 2023


Erasmus University Rotterdam, Campus Woudestein, Mandeville Building T3-24

Type of activity


Primary target group

PhD candidates

If places available, also open to

ReMa students

Application/registration deadline

The deadline for registration is November 28, 2023.

About the topic

Whereas throughout academia a gradual shift has occurred over the last decades towards ‘mode 2’, i.e., the prevailing, application-oriented, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary paradigm of knowledge production, theoretical philosophy has lagged somewhat behind, and has only relatively recently started to reinvent itself, reconsidering and reshuffling the traditional divisions of labor and tradition. It has been worth the wait though, since several breakthroughs have resulted, worthy of further pursuit.

Aim / objective

The conference aims to inspire graduate students and postdocs to adopt new approaches by offering them the opportunity to present and discuss their most promising breakthroughs to and with their colleagues.


08:30-09:00 registration and coffee (T3-24)

Session 1 (in T3-24), Chair: Dr. Tim De Mey
09:00-10:00 keynote talk Dr. Coyan Tromp (University of Amsterdam), Can Complexity Thinking offer a new, overarching paradigm to help us deal with our ‘wicked’ problems?
10:00-10:45 Nora Noemi Kindermann (VU Amsterdam), Useful concepts for social science research – fundamentalism as a case study

10:45-11:00 coffee

Session 2 (in T3-24), Chair: t.b.a.
11:00-11:45 Luca G.P. Tripadelli (Radboud University), Navigating, Terror through the Machine: How social media shapes our understanding of Islamic-inspired terrorism
11:45-12:30 Eline de Jong (University of Amsterdam), A conception of technological understanding

12:30-13:30 lunch

Parallel Session 3a (in T3-24), Chair: Prof. Wiep van Bunge
13:30-14:15 Julia Rey-Conde (Utrecht University), “Intellectual” freedom: a continuity between Spinoza’s Short Treatise and the Ethics

14:15-15:00 Solmu Elias Antilla (VU Amsterdam), Revisiting argumentative injustice: rationality, epistemic values, structures

Parallel Session 3b (in T3-t.b.a.), Chair: Dr. Sandra Meeuwsen
13:30-14:15 Beer Prakken (University of Groningen), An ontology of play and humor; or how humor operates within the dichotomy between culturally perceived seriousness and playfulness

14:15-15:30 Aldo Houterman (Erasmus University), Michel Serres’s Philosophy of the Body and its relevance for Sport and Medicine

15:00-15:15 coffee

Session 4 (in T3-24), Chair: Prof. F.A. Muller
15:15-16:00 Reynier Pet (Leiden University), The Role of Principles in Philosophy
16:15-17:00 keynote talk Dr. Sjoerd van Tuinen (Erasmus University), Continental Modal Metaphysics

17:00-18:30 drinks

Key note speakers

Sjoerd van Tuinen, Erasmus School of Philosophy
Coyan Tromp, University of Amsterdam

Abstract submission

The conference is open to contributions in all domains and subdomains of theoretical philosophy, and not limited to ‘analytic’ approaches, but also open to ‘continental’ ones. Abstracts up to 400 words should be submitted by October 15, 2023 to mentioning ‘graduate conference’ and the initials of the submitter(s) in the email’s subject.

The decision of acceptance is on October 31, 2023.

Certificate / credit points

For this course participants can earn a certificate after successful completion. Please note, however, that the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university.

The study load for this activity is: TBA.


Free, but registration is required.

How to apply / register

You can register for the conference through this link.

If registration has been closed because the maximum amount of participants has been reached, you can submit your name to the waiting list by sending an email to

Cancellation and registration policy


Tim De Mey –
Prof. F.A. Muller
Sam Rijken
Frederik Van De Putte
Stefan Wintein