CEU Summer Course on “Contemporary Issues in Ontology and Social Ontology”

July 17, 2023 - July 28, 2023
Central European University



California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Los Angeles
Stockholm University
Universitat de Barcelona
Birkbeck, University of London
Central European University
Boston University
Central European University

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Course description: Philosophers are becoming increasingly interested in real-world problems and in how their discipline is relevant to these problems. The recent explosion of interest in social ontology is part of a movement in philosophy to come down out of the ivory tower and engage with issues that actually matter—issues concerning, e.g., race, gender, and social justice. This course will introduce students to ontology, and to social ontology in particular, by delving deeply into numerous important issues in the field.  Specific topics to be covered in the course include the following: social justice, social construction, groups, social structures, ideal vs. non-ideal social ontology, social power, essentialism as it relates to social groups and genders, metaphysical grounding in the social realm, issues pertaining to mental health and moral responsibility, social theories of art, rationality, and mental content, and issues in meta social ontology. 

We invite applications from graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in philosophy. A few places for advanced undergraduate students will also be available. The application deadline is February 14th, 2023.  

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit the course website

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