Program 2018

Location: main building of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam.


Thursday July 5 Workshop ‘How to grow in your academic career’

Room: 11A-33

15.30 Room open for registration

16.00 – 17.30

The workshop will cover academic CV writing and grant applications and is given by prof. Dutilh Novaes. Prof. Dutilh Novaes is a talented researcher in history and philosophy of logic and mathematics, but she also does excellent work in philosophy of cognitive science, social epistemology, and societal issues relating to gender and race.

Afterwards we will go for drinks at The Basket.


Friday July 6: Paper presentations and keynote lecture

10.30 Room open for registration (hallway of floor 5)

11.00 Welcome

11.15 –  12.00 Session 1

5A-16: Blanchot, Heidegger en gemeenschap in de ‘passieve’ poëzie van Hannah van Binsbergen – Kim Schoof. Respondent: Trijsje Franssen. 

5A-24: The possibility of permissible-wrong action – Sherri Lynn Conklin. Respondent: Akshath Jitendranath. 

5A-33:  The Human Gaze – Elena Collaro. Respondent: Absaline Hehakaya. 

7A-36: Descartes’ criterion for the distinction between primary and secondary qualities – Anna Ortin. Respondent: Oberto Marrama.

7A-37: Anomalies vs. Inconsistencies between Theory and Observation: Some important distinctions – María del Rosario Martínez-Ordaz. Respondent: Tessa Ligtenberg. 

12.00 – 12.45 Session 2

5A-16: Choosing to be scared: pleasure, perversity and virtue in voluntary experiences of Fear – Emma Jaura. Respondent: Louke van Wensveen.

5A-24:  On the reference of artifactual kind terms in legal discourse – Lucila Fernandez Alle. Respondent: Matteo Colombo. 

5A-33: Pleasures of the Flesh: An Inconsistency in Our Thoughts About the Ethical Use of Animal Bodies – Jasmine Gunkel. Respondent: Martha Claeys. 

7A-36: Is our concept of existence inconsistent? – Sofia Bokros. Respondent: Miranda Nell. 

7A-37: The Antinomies of Serendipity – Selene Arfini. Respondent: Silvia Ivani. 

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.00 Keynote lecture by dr. Francesca Minerva
We are honored to welcome dr. Francesca Minerva as keynote speaker. Dr. Minerva’s research focuses on applied philosophy, especially bioethics. In addition to her current research project entitled Lookism: the Invisible Discrimination, she worked on topics such as conscientious objection in medicine, academic freedom, abortion, human enhancement, and cryonics. In her talk, she will elaborate on both Lookism and on what it is like to be publicly scrutinized for your academic work.

15.00 – 15.45 Session 3

5A-16: Session on women in philosophy (part 1) with SWIP, Anna Smywinska Pohl and Sherri Lynn Conklin.

5A-24: Evidentialism in action – Amy Flowerree. Respondent: Catherine Koekoek.

5A-33: Three models of labor justice – Denise Celentano. Respondent: Marina Uzunova. 

7A-36: Do Social Groups Exist? An Explorative Essay – Katie Fisk. Respondent: Tim Klaassen. 

7A-37: The Only Epistemic Looping Effect – Georgina Mills. Respondent: Phil Robichaud. 

15.45 – 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 – 16.45 Session 4

5A-16: Session on women in philosophy (part 2) with SWIP, Anna Smywinska Pohl and Sherri Lynn Conklin. 

5A-24: Quasi-Realism, Disagreement, and Fundamental Error – Rachel Handley. Respondent: Luke Elson. 

5A-33: (You Drive Me) Crazy: How Gaslighting Undermines Autonomy – Natascha Rietdijk. Respondent: Federica Berdini.

7A-36: Setting the rules in the language game of sex – Mirjam Oomens. Respondent: Deborah Marber. 

7A-37: Phenomenological Embodiment in Neuro-Engineering Endeavors: Philosophical Considerations and Practical Implications – Sadaf Soloukey. Respondent: Matteo Colombo.

16.45 – 17.00 Plenary Closure

17.00 – Borrel (Drinks & Snacks)





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