OZSW Springschool 2017 – Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

UU_thumbnail The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), the Ethics Institute of Utrecht Universityi and the Eindhoven university of technology invite you to a five-day spring school on Ethical Theory and Moral Practice from 3-7 April 2017. This intensive course will be held at the Woodbrooke Hotel in Barchem, the Netherlands.

Organizing university

Utrecht University


3-7 April 2017


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

March 3, 2017.
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 03/04

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 04/04

09.00-10.30 Lecture 2: Kantianism – Pauline Kleingeld
10.30-11.00 Coffee/Tea
11.00-12.30 Lecture 3: Consequentialism – Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek
12.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Lecture 4: Virtue Ethics – Mark Alfano
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea
16.30-18.00 Session on writing academic articles – Sven Nyholm & Sem de Maagt
18.00-19.30 Dinner

Wednesday 05/04

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 – Laura Valentini
16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea
16.30-18.00 Time to prepare for presentation
18.00-19.30 Dinner

Thursday 06/04

09.00-10.30 Lecture 8: Medical Ethics – Elizabeth O’Neill
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

Friday 07/04

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


  • Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek (Lodz University)
  • Laura Valentini (London School of Economics)
  • Pauline Kleingeld (University of Groningen)
  • Elizabeth O’Neill (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)
  • Mark Alfano (Delft University of Technology)
  • Hanno Sauer (Utrecht University)
  • Sven Nyholm (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Sem de Maagt (Utrecht University)

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).


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


This course is coordinated by Sem de Maagt.

Contact info

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