OZSW ReMa Winter School

UU_thumbnailThe Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Utrecht University invite ReMa students in philosophy to register for the 2016 OZSW ReMa Winter School, to take place from 11-13 February 2016.

Organizing university

Utrecht University


11-13 February 2016


The 2016 OZSW Winter School for Research Master’s students is hosted by Utrecht University and will take place at the university locations in the city centre of Utrecht.

Type of activity

3-day annual conference and winter school for ReMa students

Type of activity

2.5 ECTS

Primary target group

ReMa students in philosophy

Application/registration deadline

Registration is open until February 1st 2016.

About the topic

The Winter School aims to provide students from the 5 RMA programmes (Utrecht, Groningen, Nijmegen, UvA, and Rotterdam) with an overview of broad range of active philosophical research being done in the Netherlands, to contribute to their professional development, and to give them an opportunity to meet one another.

In the three research-oriented sessions, 2 or 3 speakers will present a philosophical position for which they have been developing arguments, elaborating (i) what their position is, (ii) against whom they are arguing, (iii) where they think their opponents go wrong, (iv) how they have gone about developing their approach, and (v) how their research fits with other work being done in the Netherlands. Students will then have an opportunity for questions.

At the conclusion of the session, there will then be a panel discussion (about about 45 minutes) in which the speakers talk about their own experiences as philosophy researchers, discussion how their research developed, as well as what the best advice is they ever got (and the advice they wish they had gotten but had to learn the hard way, later!).

In addition, on Friday afternoon, there will be a session devoted to several aspects of professional development, including how to write a successful research proposal and how to get published in a philosophy journal, as well as a discussion of possibilities for contributing to philosophy in the public sphere.


Thursday, 11 February 2016
16:00 Registration and coffee
16:15 Opening and Welcome
16:30 Research Session 1
Maureen Sie (Rotterdam), “Making Sense of Who we Are: A Joint Enterprise”
Julia Hermann (Utrecht), “Morality from a Wittgensteinian Perspective”
Josef Früchtl (UvA), “Film as Philosophy”
Panel discussion with practical advice: Sie/Hermann/Früchtl
19:00 Dinner and Film

Friday, 12 February 2016
10:00 Research Session 2
Daniel Cohnitz (Utrecht), “Thought Experiments and the (Ir-)relevance of Intuitions in Philosophy”
Philip Nickel (Eindhoven), “Trusting People and Technologies”
Eric Schliesser (UvA, PoliSci) “What’s Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand?”
Panel discussion with practical advice: Cohnitz/Nickel/Schliesser
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Issues in the Profession and Beyond
• Rankings of journals and getting published in them
• Career paths in/beyond/with philosophy
• Philosophy that engages the wider world
• How (not) to use social media for networking and philosophizing
• Becoming and Being a PhD student (reports from the trenches)
Participants in panels: Ingrid Robeyns (UU), Sem de Maagt (UU),
Fleur Jongepier (Nijmegen), Marcus Düwell (UU), Eric Schliesser (UvA),
Jeroen Hopster (UU/Filosofie Magazine) & Nori Spauwen (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
18:00 Drinks, Dinner, Social Event

Saturday, 13 February 2016
10:30 Research Session 3
Han Thomas Adriaenssen (Groningen) on medieval epistemology and metaphysics
Marc Slors (Nijmegen), on philosophy of neuroscience
Panel discussion with practical advice: Adriaenssen/Slors
13:00 Closing Lunch and Departure


Dr. Han Thomas Adriaenssen (University of Groningen)
Prof. dr. Daniel Cohnitz (Utrecht University)
Dr. Julia Hermann (Utrecht University)
Dr. Philip Nickel (Technical University Eindhoven)
Prof. dr. Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University)
Prof. dr. Maureen Sie (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Prof. dr. Marc Slors (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Certificate / credit points

There is no requirement to participate in the Winter School for credit. Students can earn 2.5 EC by completing a set of related readings and completing a written report. More information about this available soon.


Only ReMa student members of the OZSW can participate in this winter school, and the OZSW covers most of the costs for the event. There is a nominal fee of 30 euro per student. This includes accommodation at the Strowis Hostel in the heart of Utrecht’s city centre. Please note that no-shows may be charged for the actual expenses incurred by the organizers.

Location / accommodation details

Strowis Hostel in Utrecht. For more information see: http://www.strowis.nl/

How to apply / register

Registration is now open and closes February 1st 2016. Please fill out the application form below.

Registration/application form


Dr. Joel Anderson. (email: j.h.Anderson@uu.nl)
Coordinator, Research M.A. Programme in Philosophy Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Faculty of the Humanities, Universiteit Utrecht Janskerkhof 13A, room 1.04, 3512 BL Utrecht