The OZSW invites all PHD and second year ReMa students to take the following courses this Autumn:
Close Readings of the Greatest Hits of Recent Ethical Theory
In this course, students will conduct close readings of several of the most influential articles in ethical theory and metaethics that were published in the last 20 years. Most of the articles will be drawn from the Philosopher’s Annual and other highly reputed ethics journals and edited collections. In addition to familiarizing students with the state-of-the-art developments in these areas of ethical theory, close readings of single articles will allow students to attend to the formal and structural features of the articles in addition to their content.
Thus, the course is purposely designed to offer deep rather than broad studies of these topics. It is also expressly designed not to be an introduction to ethical theory, and thus should not be taken as a first ethics graduate course (the annual OZSW Spring school on Ethical Theory and Applies Ethics serves this purpose)
This course, taught by dr. Philip Robichaud, will take place at 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 October 2015
Philosophy of Risk
Technological progress offers many opportunities, many of which have dramatically improved the conditions of living for billions of people on Earth. However, sometimes technological progress also comes with unwanted risks and negative side effects. The international debate of nuclear power and storage of nuclear waste is a paradigmatic illustration. In this course we will consider the concept of risk from a philosophical perspective: What is a risk? Are risks objective or subjective? To what extent, if any, are risks socially constructed? Can all risks be meaningfully represented in a risk-benefit analysis? What ethical theories can and cannot give a plausible account of the moral importance of risky events? How should we interpret the precautionary principle, and should we accept any version of this principle?
This course, taught by dr. Sven Nyholm, will take place at 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 November 2015.
Women Philosophers From Antiquity Until the 21th Century
The course consists of five days in which the students are chronologically introduced into the thought of female philosophers, from Antiquity, the Middle-Ages, Renaissance and Early Modernity, 19th century, 20th century to the most recent developments. All periods will be introduced with special attention to the social/cultural position of women thinkers in that era. In addition, a few female philosophers will be singled out for further introduction and text-reading.
The course will be taught by specialists in the time-period under scrutiny, among others dr. Marije Martijn (antiquity), prof. dr. Anneke Mulder-Bakker and dr. Veerle Fraeters (Middle-Ages), dr. Veronica Vasterling (19th and 20th century), dr. Annemie Halsema (20th century), Nathanja van den Heuvel, Ma. and dr. Iris van der Tuin (recent trends in philosophy of science), Azille Coetzee, Ma. (African feminism).
This course will take place at 18 & 25 September and 2, 9 & 16 October. Participation in the Symposium ‘Diversifying Philosophy. Recent Perspectives in Feminist Thought’, held 11 & 12 September, is recommended though not required.