Upcoming and Past PhD Thesis Defenses

The defense of a doctal dissertation is a public, ceremonial event in the Netherlands. The calendar below displays upcoming an past defenses of OZSW PhD student members. The OZSW congratulates the students in question with this accomplishment.

Are you planning on defending your own PhD? Please let us know, by filling in the form below, or by sending an email to the OZSW Office at secretariaat@ozsw.nl. This way we will ensure that your PhD defense will be featured on our website.

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PhD defence “Morals for the Mighty: Political legitimacy as impact on sustainable development”

26 November 2020 @ 09:30 - 11:00

We are governed. Every day. All the time. Our food, our clothes, our transportation, our houses, our families, our jobs … There is scarcely any aspect of life that modern states do not regulate or influence in one way or another. State power is pervasive. Moreover, it is non-voluntary and expensive. The big question is: why would we accept this? The defence will take place in a hybrid form. The link to the livestream will be posted here when it…

PhD Defence: “Utility Spots. Science Policy, Knowledge Transfer and the Politics of Proximity”

6 May 2021 @ 16:15 - 17:00

By Jorrit Smit Institute for Philosophy, Leiden University Online link: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/wetenschappers/livestream-promotie For background on Jorrit Smit's PhD thesis, it is best to read his interview on the Young Philosophers website.

PhD Defence: “Genders as Genres: Understanding Dynamic Categories”

7 July 2021 @ 14:00 - 17:00

By Alex Thinius. To find out more about the event, dissertation, or options to participate, please write to a.c.thinius@uva.nl Title and abstract: Genders as Genres: Understanding Dynamic Categories  What does it mean to be of a particular gender? I answer this question with an account of genders as dynamic categories, exploring the analogy between what genders are (e.g., men or women) and what genres are (e.g., Novels, Ballads, or Hip-Hop). For instance, due to its relation to other and earlier pieces, we…

PhD Defence: “Diseased without symptoms – the moral desirability of Alzheimer biomarker testing”

5 October 2021 @ 16:30 - 17:30

By Marthe Smedinga (ma.smedinga@gmail.com) Date and time: October 5, 16:30 - 17:30 hours University:  Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen Promotoren:  Prof. dr. Edo Richard (Radboudumc) Prof. dr. Maartje Schermer (ErasmusMC) Dr. Eline Bunnik (ErasmusMC) Summary: If there is no treatment available, is it morally desirable to offer tests to predict Alzheimer’s dementia in clinical practice? What if the reliability of such tests is uncertain, but someone with worries about Alzheimer’s really wants to know? A growing number of people in the Netherlands seek medical advice…

PhD Defence “Paradoxen van gesloten- en openheid”

10 November 2021 @ 14:00 - 17:00

By Jan van Overwijk

PhD Defence: “How knowledge affects obligations: A study on the logic of knowledge-based obligations”

29 September @ 12:45

By Xingchi Su Title:  How knowledge affects obligations: A study on the logic of knowledge-based obligations University: University of Groningen Date + time: Thursday, 29th. Sept, 12:45 Location:  the Aula of the Academic Building, Groningen, 9712 CP Groningen Abstract: A doctor generally does not have an obligation to treat a person if the doctor does not know that he/she is ill. But when the doctor knows the person is ill, the doctor ought to treat him/her. So what we ought to do depends…

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Instructions for OZSW PhD students
Please bear the following in mind when adding your PhD defense to the calendar:

  • Select the category “Doctoral thesis defense by OZSW members” to get included in the calendar above. Also select your university as a category.
  • As event title, include: “PhD defense “[title of your dissertation]”; this is most informative for the main event calendar.
  • Put “By [your name]” in the excerpt. Nothing more.
  • Please include a short summary of the topic (length about the size of a back cover) under the main event description area.

We moderate all event submissions, so it may take some days before the event appears on the site. Thank you for your patience.


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