2013 pre-conference events

There will be a number of pre-conference events preceding the OZSW conference:

  • Workshop ‘Everyday Reasons’ (Thu. 14 and Fri. morning 15 november)
  • Public lecture/debate on “The Women’s Question in Academic Philosophy” (Fri. morning 15 november)

For a description, see below.

Public lecture/debate
“The Women’s Question in Academic Philosophy”

If you participate in the OZSW conference, you can select this workshop as part of your conference registration.

Please note: Sally Haslanger will also give the closing lecture of the conference on Saturday, November 15th. It is thus not necessary to attend the pre-conference event in order to hear her speak.

People who do not attend the conference itself, but would like to attend this lecture can register by filling out the form at aanmelder.nl.

Friday morning 15 november

About the topic:
Women philosophers are underrepresented at all levels of academia – among PhD students, postdocs, lecturers and professors. The aim of this event is to contribute to an informed debate about such gender issues in academic philosophy (and academia in general). Why is it the case that women are underrepresented? Should it be a desirable goal to increase the number of women, and if so, why? If it is desirable that the share of female philosophers in academia increases, then what are effective strategies and solutions? Which pitfalls should we be worried about? The workshop will consist of a lecture on this topic by Prof. Sally Haslanger, and a roundtable discussion with a number of Dutch philosophers.

10.00 – Opening words by organizer, prof. Ingrid Robeyns (EUR)
10.05 – Lecture by Sally Haslanger on “The Women’s Question in Academic Philosophy”
10.50 – Short Q&A
11.00 – Coffee / tea break
11.10 – Panel debate on “The Women’s Question in Academia”
12.00 – Closing of event

The panel will, next to Sally Haslanger, consist of:

  • Catarina Dutilh Novaes (Groningen)
  • Eric Schliesser (Ghent)
  • Sabine Roeser (Delft University)
  • Anthonie Meijers (Eindhoven).

Ingrid Robeyns (Rotterdam) moderates the discussion.

About the speaker
Sally Haslanger is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, and Director of the MIT Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She began her life in philosophy specializing in analytic metaphysics and epistemology, and in ancient philosophy (especially Aristotle). Over time she has developed her interests in social and political philosophy and feminist theory. She has published on the problem of persistence through change, pragmatic paradox, and Aristotle’s theory of substance. In feminist theory she has written on objectivity and objectification, and Catharine MacKinnon’s theory of gender. Her recent work is on the social construction of categories such as gender, race, and the family, on social explanation and social structure, and on topics in feminist epistemology. Her most recent book, a collection of papers, is Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique (Oxford University Press, 2012). She co-edits the Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy. She also convenes the Workshop on Gender and Philosophy (WOGAP), and the Women in Philosophy Task Force (WPHTF).

Workshop ‘Everyday Reasons’

Thursday 14 and Friday morning 15 November 2013

Practical Information:
  • Time: The workshop starts Thursday 11 a.m, and ends Friday 12.00 p.m.
  • Place: Erasmus University Rotterdam (exact location: see program)
  • Registration cost: 15 euro (including 1 lunch and 3 coffee breaks)
  • If you participate in the OZSW conference, you can select this workshop as part of your conference registration. If you do not intend to go to the OZSW conference, please register by sending an e-mail to Katrien.Schaubroeck@uantwerpen.be
The concept of ‘practical reasons’ plays a prominent role in metaethics and in the philosophy of mind and action. In both areas there are controversies about how exactly to understand the concept. Three ideas are widely agreed upon: (1) that we are reasons-responsive beings, (2) that the practice of giving and asking for reasons plays a prominent role in our everyday moral practices, and (3) that there exists some kind of trustworthy relation between our reasons and reason talk and our subsequent actions. However, developments in the Behavioral, Cognitive and Neurosciences indicate that much of what we do takes place at an automatic and unaware level, and that the reasons we provide to explain and/or justify ourselves should not be taken as reports of introspected internal states that precede our bodily movements. Also, more generally, it appears that what we do (and do not do) and for what reason is less transparent to ourselves then we might assume. This gives rise to two questions that will be discussed at this workshop: (1) how exactly do our everyday reason talk, our reasons (subjectively or objectively conceptualized) and our nature as reasons-responsive beings connect to one another?; and (2) how do all three connect to our actions?

This workshop follows up on the workshop ‘Everyday Reason Talk’ from 2011, but attendance to the first workshop is not a requirement for attendance to the second.

Frank Hindriks, Tillman Vierkant, Christoph Lumer, Jan Bransen, Leon de Bruin, Derek Strijbos, Maureen Sie, Constantine Sandis, Katrien Schaubroeck.
The program for this workshop can be downloaded here.
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