"Justice, Democracy and Rationality - a PPE Winter School"

January 30, 2017 - January 31, 2017
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen

Oude Boteringerstraat 52
Groningen 9712GL

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Boudewijn De Bruin
University of Groningen
Herman De Jong
Chiara Lisciandra
University of Helsinki
Jan-Willem Romeijn
University of Groningen
Andreas T. Schmid
University of Ottawa

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After three very successful installments, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen will host its fourth yearly Winter School on 30-31st January 2017, aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. The theme of the Winter School this year is Justice, Democracy and Rationality, and it will consist of 6 lecture tutorials where the topic will be discussed from different viewpoints: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)


Which economic and political institutions would rational agents accept and which ones make them better off? How can we design democratic decision-making to best respect individual preferences? Do our duties of social justice apply globally? To answer these and other questions, the fast growing field of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics – or ‘PPE’ for short – combines methods and discussions from these three disciplines. It is especially worthwhile to look into the fields of social justice, democracy, and rationality. In much of contemporary economics, explanations of social phenomena typically start with assumptions about individual rational agency. Similarly, contemporary political philosophy typically start with the individual when constructing theories of democracy and social justice. This winter school brings together PPE scholars to explore justice, democracy and rationality separately as well as their various connections. It will lead us into the terrains of global justice, democratic decision-making, the philosophy of economics, epistemic justice, and behavioural economics.

Lectures and Tutorials

Boudewijn de Bruin, ‘The economics of epistemic injustice: Finance and healthcare'
Andreas T. Schmidt ‘Behavioural psychology and nudging: from irrationality to public policy?’
Herman de Jong ‘Material well-being and human development: a long-run perspective’
Jan-Willem Romeijn ‘Consensus formation: the case of ecological risks’
Christine Straehle ‘Redistributive global justice’
Chiara Lisciandra‘Idealisations in economic models’ Special session :  A panel on PPE and discussion on pursuing a career outside academia

The winter school is aimed at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. It also aims to attract potential interested students for the new PPE Master’s programme scheduled to start in September 2017. The program will showcase the high level of teaching and research of the newly formed PPE centre along with the three departments of the Faculty (theoretical philosophy; ethics, social and political philosophy; history of philosophy) in Groningen and offer students the opportunity to become acquainted with our Master programmes.

The Faculty is offering up to three EUR 300 scholarships for the best students enrolling in the Winter School, and who express serious interest in later applying for the Research Masters’ program. To apply for the scholarships, send a short CV (max 2 pages) and a letter (max 1 page) stating your interest in the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen and the Research Masters’ program in particular, to [email protected] with 'Application for winter school scholarship' as subject. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is December 1st 2016. Preference will be given to members of underrepresented groups in philosophy (women, people of colour, persons with disabilities etc.).
To register, send an email with your name, affiliation and status (undergraduate, graduate) to [email protected] with 'Registration for winter school' as subject, no later than December 15th 2016. As the number of spots is limited, you are encouraged to register early.
General Information
Dates: January 30th-31st 2017 Scholarship application deadline: December 1st 2016 Registration deadline: December 15th 2016 Registration fee: EUR 40, to be paid in person in Groningen

Further inquiries can be directed to Dr. Andreas T. Schmidt at [email protected]

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December 15, 2016, 4:00am CET

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