Virtues in the University

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The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the VU University invite participants to register for the Summer Seminar on Virtues in the University, taking place 20-22 August, 2018.

Organizing university

VU University


20-22 August 2018



Type of activity

3-day Summer Seminar

Primary target group

(PhD-) students and others working in academia (postdocs, (assistent) professors etc.), as well as policy officers

About the topic

The theme of the seminar is Virtues in the University. One task traditionally ascribed to universities is that they are supposed to inculcate certain moral and intellectual virtues in their students, such as intellectual honesty, open-mindedness, inquisitiveness, thoroughness, decency. Should universities still aspire to these things, and if so why? And if we assume they should, the critical question is whether they are successful at it, and, if not, why not? There is also the question which traits are virtues. And there is the question how to best instill these virtues.


Prof. Gordon Graham (Princeton Theological Seminary)
Prof. Heather Battaly (University of Connecticut)
Dr. Edwin Koster (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Prof. Daniel Howard Snyder (Western Washington University)
Dr. Joeri Tijdink (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Dr. Jeroen de Ridder (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Dr. Frances Howard Snyder (Western Washington University)
Prof. Ian Kidd (University of Nottingham)


Students: free of admission
PhD students: €100,-
Academia: €150,-

How to apply / register

For more information, and a registration form, please follow this link.


Contact info

Please contact Elisa Matse for questions pertaining to the Seminar ( For technical inquiries, contact the OZSW secretariat (