CFP: 39th Dutch-Flemish Day of Philosophy

February 22, 2020
University of Twente

U Parkhotel
De Veldmaat 8
Enschede 7522 NM


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Call for Papers – Dutch-Flemish Day of Philosophy

In collaboration with the OZSW, the University of Twente Department of Philosophy ( is organizing the 39th Dutch-Flemish Day of Philosophy. The day offers an excellent opportunity to research master students and PhD students in philosophy to present their work and engage in discussions with other philosophers. The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the University of Twente invite all to register for the annual Dutch-Flemish Day of Philosophy that will take place in Enschede on February 22nd, 2020.


Conference theme: Philosophy and Ethics of Emerging Technologies.

(We're inviting submissions from all areas of philosophy)


Please send your abstract of no more than 500 words to Patrick Taylor Smith, [email protected] before December 22, 2019. In addition, please provide us with a short biography of up to 150 words. Notification of acceptance will occur no later than January 15th, 2020.


Date and venue:

Saturday February 22nd 2020, at the University of Twente, Enschede

Keynote speakers

-          Dr. Dr. Katleen Gabriels, Department of Philosophy, Maastricht University

-          Dr. Fred Keijzer,  Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen

About the Day of Philosophy

The annual Day of Philosophy offers a special opportunity for philosophers working at Flemish and Dutch universities to exchange views from different disciplines and traditions. The Day of Philosophy is an activity of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW).

Conference theme: Philosophy and Ethics of Emerging Technologies

Every major activity in our lives today – whether it is work, recreation, learning, communication or travel - depends on technology. All major institutions in society – from government, healthcare and defence to education, religion and law – are increasingly dependent on technology, too, and changes in these institutions are largely technology-driven. Modern technology has had many benefits for humanity, enhancing welfare and individual freedom. It has also brought hazards. These range from environmental problems to issues of rationalization and alienation.

In other words, in a modern society technology is everywhere, touching everything we do. Such a pervasive force calls for moral reflection. How can humans develop and use technology responsibly, so that it benefits humans and society, avoids harms to persons, society and the environment, upholds and does not violate individual and civil rights and standards of justice and fairness, and promotes other values that we hold dear?Moreover, also the desirability of thinking in terms of technological development itself may be questioned.

Invited submissions

We are inviting abstracts in all areas of philosophy. Contributions may be related to the theme of the day, but may also be about one’s own research. PhD- and Master students are explicitly invited to present their research. Abstracts should be roughly 500 words in English or Dutch.

Please send your abstract to Patrick Smith, [email protected] before December 22nd, 2019. In addition, please provide us with a short biography of up to 150 words.

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