The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the Ethics Institute of Utrecht University invite you to a five-day winter school on Ethical Theory and Applied Ethics from 20-24 April 2015. This intensive course will be held at the Woodbrooke Hotel in Barchem, the Netherlands.

Organizing university

Utrecht University


20-24 April 2015


Woodbrooke Hotel, Barchem, The Netherlands

Type of activity

5-day Springschool

Primary target group

This course is aimed at PhD students.

If places available, also open to

Research Master students

Application/registration deadline

5 March 2015

Aim / objective

The aim of the course is two-fold: on the one hand, an overview of the role of different normative theories in applied contexts is presented, and methods of justification of normative claims and further methodological issues (such as the use of empirical research in ethics) are discussed. On the other hand, much attention is paid to teaching participants to connect their own research projects to the presented ethical theory in an optimal way.


Preliminary Programme OZSW Spring School

Monday 20/04: Introduction
14.00-14.30 Coffee/Tea
14.30-15.00 Introduction & practical issues
15.00-16.00 Introductory session
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea
16.30-18.00 Presentations round 1
18.00-19.30 Dinner

Tuesday 21/04: Normative theory
09.00-10.30 Lecture 2: Capability Approach – Dr. Constanze Binder
10.30-11.00 Coffee/Tea
11.00-12.30 Lecture 3: Kantianism – Prof. Klaus Steigleder
12.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Lecture 4: Virtue Ethics – Prof. Paul van Tongeren
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea
16.30-18.00 Lecture 5: Yet to be announced
18.00-19.30 Dinner

Wednesday 22/04: Justification
09.00-10.15 Lecture 6: Reflective Equilibrium – Prof. Robert Heeger
10.15-11.00 Coffee/Tea
11.00-12.30 Lecture 7: Transcendental Justification – Prof. Marcus Düwell
12.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Discussion in groups
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea
16.30-18.00 Final Presentations by participants I
18.00-19.30 Dinner

Thursday 23/04: Ethics, empirical research and law
09.00-10.30 Lecture 8: Relation between ethics, politics and law – Jurriën Hamer
10.30-11.00 Coffee/Tea
11.00-12.30 Lecture 9: Role of empirical research in ethics – Prof. Maureen Sie
12.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Final Presentations by participants II
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea
16.30-18.00 Final Presentations by participants III

Friday 24/04: Conclusion
09.00-10.30 Final Presentations by participants IV
10.30-11.00 Coffee/Tea
11.00-12.30 Final discussion & closing session
12.30-14.30 Lunch & departure


• Prof. Dr. Marcus Düwell, Utrecht University (NL)
• Prof. Dr. Robert Heeger, Utrecht University (NL)
• Prof. Dr. Maureen Sie, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL)
• Prof. Dr. Klaus Steigleder, Bochum University (D)
• Prof. Dr. Paul van Tongeren, Radboud University Nijmegen (NL)

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 they present their research project to the other students and tentatively debate its relationship to ethical theory. 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. These presentations provide amply opportunities for the participant to discuss any questions regarding methodology she may have with the professors and other participants of the Spring School. The latter presentation will also form the school’s closing examination


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

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How to apply / register

Please register before 5 March 2015.

Registration/application form


This course is coordinated by Jurriën Hamer.

Contact info

For further information related to the contents of this course, please contact the coordinator at the following e-mail address: j.m.hamer@uu.nl. For practical inquiries, please contact secretariaat@ozsw.nl.