RANT Workshop 2020

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the OZSW PhD Council invite PhD students to register for the RANT workshop taking place on Friday June 19th 2020


The RANT Workshop offers a unique opportunity to PhD students to present papers that are still work in progress to an expert audience during an intensive 45minutes session. Each presenter receives feedback both from the other RANT participants and from one senior scholar who acts as discussant.

The event is organised by the PhD students of one of the OZSW’s partner faculties who select the presenters and match them with discussants. This year the PPE Researchers of the John Stuart Mill College (VU Amsterdam) have gathered 6 interesting papers in the field of political theory that will be presented over 2 interactive sessions.


June 19th, 2020, 10:00 - 16:00



Type of activity


Type of activity



Session 1

10:00 – 10:45 Josette Daemen, Leiden University
‘The Relationship between Security and Human Flourishing’
Commentator: Ingrid Robeyns, Utrecht University

10:45 – 11:30 Annalisa Costella, Erasmus University Rotterdam
‘A Choice Pump For Adaptive Preferences’

Commentator: Andreas Schmidt, Groningen University

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee/tea

11:45 – 12:30 Mans Abrahamson, Erasmus University Rotterdam
‘Preference Laudering and Preference Purification: A Review of Ends- and Means-related Filtering in Welfare Economics’
Commentator: Willem van der Deijl, Tilburg University

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

Session 2

13:30 – 14:15 Kritika Maheshwari, University of Groningen
‘Grounding The Wrong of Risking Harm”
Commentator: Adam Slavny, Warwick University

14:15 – 15:00 Josias Tembo, Nijmegen University

Some Fifteenth Century Papal Bulls and Modern Political Conceptions of Difference
Commentator: Susan Legêne, VU Amsterdam

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee/tea

15:15 – 16:00 Uğur Aytaç, University of Amsterdam

Ruling without Intending to Rule Global Political Legitimacy and Structural Power’

Commentator: Michael Bennett, Utrecht University


How to apply / register

Attendance is free of charge. The papers will be circulated amongst those registered two weeks before the workshop. Please register by emailing Stefano (s.merlo@vu.nl).


Akshath Jitendranath,

Sanne Groothuis,

Stefano Merlo,

Marina Uzunova

PhD researchers at the John Stuart Mill College, VU Amsterdam

Contact info

For further information, please contact Stefano Merlo (s.merlo@vu.nl) or Marina Uzunova (m.uzunova@vu.nl)