OZSW Spring School 2018 – Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

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The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), the Ethics Institute of Utrecht University and the Eindhoven University of Technology invite you to a five-day spring school on Ethical Theory and Moral Practice from 16-20 April 2018. This intensive course will be held at the Woodbrooke Hotel in Barchem, the Netherlands.

Organizing university

Eindhoven University of Technology and Utrecht University


16-20 April 2018


Woodbrooke Hotel, Barchem, The Netherlands

Type of activity

Spring School

Type of activity

For this activity PhD students and ReMa students can – after successful completion – earn a certificate. However, 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. More information.

Primary target group

PhD students

If places available, also open to

Research Master students

Application/registration deadline

March 16th, 2018.
There is a limited number of places, so early registration is strongly recommended.

Aim / objective

This is a high-level course primarily aimed at PhD-students who already have some background in ethics. The aim of the course is two-fold. First, the course provides insight into recent work on the main normative theories (consequentialism, Kantian ethics, and virtue ethics), different methods of moral justification, and the use of theories and methods of justification within contemporary applied ethics. Second, much attention is paid to teaching participants to connect their own research projects to these current developments within ethical theory, as well as to how to best present one’s research in writing. The overarching aim of the course is to help participants to improve their skills as researchers in philosophical ethics.


Monday 16/04

14.00-14.30 Coffee/Tea
14.30-15.00 Introduction & practical issues
15.00-16.00 Student Presentations: brief introduction of dissertation topic
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea
16.30-18.00 Lecture 1: Introductory session – Sven Nyholm & Sem de Maagt
18.00-19.30 Dinner

Tuesday 17/04

09.00-10.30 Lecture 2: Utilitarianism –  Vuko Andric
10.30-11.00 Coffee/Tea
11.00-12.30 Lecture 3: Virtue Ethics – Sophie Grace Chappell
12.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Lecture 4: Kantianism – Pauline Kleingeld
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea
16.30-18.00 Session on writing academic articles – Sven Nyholm
18.00-19.30 Dinner

Wednesday 18/04

09.00-10.30 Lecture 5: Methods of Moral Justification – Sem de Maagt
10.30-11.00 Coffee/Tea
11.00-12.30 Lecture 6: Moral Psychology and Normative Ethics – Hanno Sauer
12.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Lecture 7: Normative Political Theory – Amanda Cawston
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea
16.30-18.00 Time to prepare for presentation
18.00-19.30 Dinner

Thursday 19/04

09.00-10.30 Lecture 8: Medical Ethics – Alberto Giubilini
10.30-11.00 Coffee/Tea
11.00-12.30 Lecture 9: Philosophy of Technology – Sven Nyholm
12.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Student Presentations 1
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea
16.30-18.00 Student Presentations 2
18.00-19.30 Dinner

Friday 20/04

09.00-10.30 Student Presentations 3
10.30-11.00 Coffee/Tea
11.00-12.30 Final discussion & closing session
12.30-14.30 Lunch & departure


· Amanda Cawston (Tilburg University)
· Sophie Grace Chappell (The Open University, UK)
· Alberto Giubilini (University of Oxford)
· Pauline Kleingeld (University of Groningen)
· Sem de Maagt (Utrecht University)
· Sven Nyholm (Eindhoven University of Technology)
· Hanno Sauer (Utrecht University)
· Vuko Andric (University of Bayreuth)

Required preparations

As this is a compact and intensive course, active preparation by the participants is required. Before the beginning of the Spring School, participants are expected to study the reader containing the background literature for the course (approximately 400 pages).

During the course, each participant will give two presentations. At the beginning of the spring school participants present their research project to the other students (5 minute presentation). At the end of the school, the students present again and, explicitly including the insights gained during the lectures, situate their research in the field of ethical theory (appr. 20 minutes). These presentations provide ample opportunities for the participant to discuss any questions regarding methodology she may have with the professors and other participants of the Spring School. In connection to the course, students will also write a short paper (3000-4000 words).

Certificate / credit points



Participants pay a contribution of 450 Euros for meals and accommodation, and are expected to make their own travel arrangements. PhD students of the Netherlands School for Research in Philosophy pay a reduced fee of 400 Euros.

Payments can only be made online though the registration website (see below).

Location / accommodation details

Woodbrooke Barchem
Woodbrookersweg 1
T : 0031(0)573 – 44 17 34
E : info@woodbrookebarchem.nl

Travel information

Click here for information.

Registration/application form

Please register using this form., The application deadline is March 16th, 2018.


This course is coordinated by Sven Nyholm and Sem de Maagt.

Contact info

For further information related to the contents of this course, please contact one of the coordinators: S.deMaagt@uu.nl or S.R.Nyholm@tue.nl. For practical inquiries, please contact secretariaat@ozsw.nl.