OZSW PhD Summer school: Ethics and Economics

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The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Tilburg University invite PhD students to participate in the PhD Summer School: Ethics and Economics, to be held in Tilburg from the 27th till the 31st of August, 2018.

Organizing university

Tilburg University

Date(s)

27-31 August 2018

Location

Teaching Hotel De Rooi Pannen, Tilburg

Type of activity

5-day Summer School

Primary target group

PhD students

If places available, also open to

Postdocs and ReMa students

Application/registration deadline

April 3, 2018

About the topic

Should everyone get an unconditional basic income? Can wages be just? Is inheritance morally permissible? How should externalities such as environmental pollution be regulated? Questions of ethics and economics are systematically at the forefront of contemporary academic and public debates. Although many of these questions are not new, they are of renewed and pressing interest following increased awareness of the negative repercussions of growing wealth inequality, climate change, and globalization. The purpose of this summer school is to analyze these questions from the perspective of moral and political philosophy. We will, firstly, discuss how some of the main approaches in moral and political philosophy can be used to analyze key economic institutions such as the market, the firm, and the tax system. We will, secondly, reflect on how economists, legal scholars, political scientists, and philosophers can fruitfully work together on topics in the field of ethics and economics.

Aim / objective

This is a high-level course on ethics and economics. It is expected that participants already have some background in moral and political philosophy. The goals of the course are fourfold:

  1. Gaining a deeper understanding of some of the main approaches in moral and political philosophy and how these can be used to analyze economic institutions such as the market, the firm, and the tax system.
  2. Reflecting on how economists, legal scholars, political scientists, and philosophers can fruitfully work together on topics in the field of ethics and economics.
  3. Learning how to present one’s research orally and in writing.
  4. Meeting other PhD students working in the field of ethics and economics, broadly conceived.

Program

Monday August 27
12:00-12:30 Arrival and check-in
12:30-14:00 Lunch and welcome
14:00-16:00 Student presentations: Brief introduction of dissertation topic
16:00-16:30 Coffee/tea
16:30-18:00 Lecture 1: Just WagesHuub Brouwer (Tilburg University)
18:00-18:30 One-on-one meetings of participants with lecturers
18:30-19:00 Travelling to restaurant
19:00-21:00 Dinner

Tuesday August 28
08:00-09:00 Breakfast
09:00-10:30 Lecture 2: The Epistemic Division of Labour in MarketsLisa Herzog (School of Public Policy, Technical University of Munich)
10:30-11:00 Coffee/tea
11:00-12:30 Lecture 3: Externalities as a Basis for Government RegulationRutger Claassen (Utrecht University)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Lecture 4: Is Inheritance Justified?Stefan Gosepath (Freie Universität Berlin)
15:30-16:00 Coffee/tea
16:00-18:00 One-on-one meetings of participants with lecturers
18:00-19:30 Dinner
19:30-20:00 Travelling to Tilburg University
20:00-21:00 Lecture 5: Egalitarianism and Status HierarchyJoseph Heath (University of Toronto)
21:00-22:00 Panel discussion: Egalitarianism and Status Hierarchy – Panelists: Rutger Claassen, Stefan Gosepath, Joseph Heath, and Lisa Herzog. Moderator: Bruno Verbeek (Leiden University)

Wednesday August 29
08:00-09:00 Breakfast
09:00-10:30 Lecture 6: Democratic Voice in Work, Organisations, and SystemsRuth Yeoman (Oxford University)
10:30-11:00 Coffee/tea
11:00-12:30 Lecture 7: The Ethics of Money and Banking Joakim Sandberg (University of Gothenburg)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Lecture 8: The Case for Basic IncomeLouise Haagh (University of York)
15:30-16:00 Coffee/tea
16:00-17:00 Presentation preparation time
17:00-18:30 One-on-one meetings of participants with lecturers
18:30-19:00 Travelling to restaurant
19:00-21:00 Dinner

Thursday August 30
08:00-09:00 Breakfast
09:00-10:30 Lecture 9: The Bystander in Commercial Life: Obliged by Beneficence or Rescue?Wim Dubbink (Tilburg University)
10:30-11:00 Coffee/tea
11:00-12:30 Lecture 10: Poverty and Public PolicyBea Cantillon (Antwerp University)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Workshop: How to Write for Peer-Reviewed Journals – Sven Nyholm (Eindhoven University of Technology)
15:30-16:00 Coffee/tea
16:00-17:30 Presentation preparation time
17:30-18:30 One-on-one meetings of participants with lecturers
18:30-19:00 Travelling to restaurant
19:00-21:00 Dinner

Friday August 31
08:00-09:00 Breakfast
09:00-10:30 Student presentations 1
10:30-11:00 Coffee/tea
11:00-12:30 Student presentations 2
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Student presentations 3
15:00-15:30 Going to Bar
15:30 Drinks and departure

We are very sorry that Martin O’Neill had to cancel his participation in the summer school and delighted that we found Joakim Sandberg willing to take his slot. 

Required preparations

Participants are expected to:

  1. Study the course reader before the start of the course (about 400 pages).
  2. Give two presentations during the course: one introducing their PhD project (5 minutes) and one pitching their essay idea (a presentation of 10 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A).
  3. Write a short essay (2000 words) on one of the questions discussed in the course.

Certificate / credit points

The study load for the course is equivalent to 5 ECTS. This is mentioned on the certificate that participants will receive upon finishing the course, which can usually be exchanged for ECTS credits at the home university of participants. A certificate will only issued to participants who attend the full summer school, give both presentations, and hand in the essay.

Costs

1. With accommodation: 500 Euros for non-OZSW members and 450 Euros for OZSW members
This fee includes a 4-night stay in a private room with a double bed; breakfast (4x), lunch (5x), dinner (4x), and coffee and tea throughout the day; as well as the use of a bicycle for the duration of the summer school.

2. Without accommodation: 250 Euros for non-OZSW members and 200 Euros for OZSW members
This fee includes lunch (5x), dinner (4x), and coffee and tea throughout the day.

3. One day participation (available for Monday – Thursday): 60 Euros for non-OZSW members and 50 Euros for OZSW members
This fee includes lunch, dinner, and coffee and tea throughout the day. This option is only open to those who are not research master students, PhD students, or postdocs. The deadline for applying for one-day participation is Friday the 24th of August, 2018.

Location / accommodation details

Teaching Hotel De Rooi Pannen
Dr. Ahausstraat 1
5042 EK Tilburg
T: +31 (0)13 595 56 50
E: info.hotel.tilburg@derooipannen.nl

Travel information

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements. The OZSW unfortunately cannot offer scholarships to participants.

How to apply / register

The application deadline for options (1) and (2) has passed. It is still possible, however, to apply for one-day participation (option 3, only open to those who are not research master students, PhD students, or postdocs). To do so, please fill out this form. We will send you the course reader after your register. The OZSW registration and cancellation policy can be found here.

Organizers

Huub Brouwer (Tilburg University)

Contact info

For further information related to the contents of this course, please contact Huub Brouwer (H.M.Brouwer@tilburguniversity.edu). For practical inquires, please contact the OZSW administrative office (secretariaat@ozsw.nl).