CFP: How Philosophy Meets the World, Phil of Science in Practice Group, Twente

Call for Papers (extended deadline)

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy
Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy

How Philosophy Meets the World
University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
April 20-22, 2016

Philosophers are often pictured as far removed from reality, living in ivory towers. But often philosophy, even of the more theoretical kind, has potential for a huge impact on the way we think about aspects of the world and live our lives. Philosophers themselves often need more encouragement to think about how their ideas and fields have meaning and relevance beyond academic walls, and the directions along which their fields can change our ideas about the world or make contributions to practical problems in science, ethics, society, and so on.

For the Dutch Research School of Philosophy Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy (OZSW-GCTP2016), we are interested in how young researchers situate and demonstrate the relevance of their work. What is the significance of the problems you discuss? How do you address them, and by doing so what might the benefits be both to philosophy but also outside the walls of the philosophy department?

For this conference, we invite graduate students to submit abstracts for presentations of 20 minutes in the field of theoretical philosophy in both its analytic and its continental tradition (philosophy of mind, language and science, logic, metaphysics, epistemology and aesthetics). Presentations can be on any topic in these areas, but they should also reflect on how this work connects philosophy to the world or our understanding of it. Apart from some fantastic keynote speakers, the conference will have a range of social and academic activities; a great chance to meet and talk with other graduate students in your field!

Please send the abstract of your presentation proposal (max. 300 words in length) with email subject title “OZSW-GCTP2016: author’s name” to Dr. Koray Karaca at: The new submission deadline is February 21, 2016. Abstracts must be submitted in English as a PDF file, and they must include the title of the presentation and the author's name, institutional affiliation and email address. All abstracts will be reviewed by the conference organizers.

Keynote speakers:

Jan Broersen (Utrecht University)

James McAllister (Leiden University)

Federica Russo (University of Amsterdam)

Sonja Smets (University of Amsterdam)

Johnny Søraker (University of Twente)


The conference is organized by the Philosophy of Science in Practice Group in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente:

Prof. dr. ir. Mieke Boon
Bas de Boer, MSci
Dr. Koray Karaca
Dr. Miles MacLeod

Conference venue:

The conference will be held at the Conference Hotel Drienerburght at the campus of the University of Twente.

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