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Master Seminars

For the Master and Premaster students in Philosophy extra curricular activities will be organized for substantive and social purposes. These joint seminars are great opportunities to learn from each other and to strenghten the unity of the master program.

Please register by sending an email to Tim Klaassen.

Master seminar lecturers:

  • Dr. Dries Deweer
  • Dr. Herman de Regt
  • Dr. Bert van de Ven
  • Dr. Ruud Welten
  • Prof. dr. Wim Dubbink

Upcoming Seminars

Thursday 14 June 2018, 12:45-16:00

Location: Dante Building - DZ 7

Speaker: Niels van den Beucken (Arte di Granito)

You can read the announcement and program here (in Dutch). The presentations will be in Dutch as well.

Recent Seminars

Thursday 8 February 2018, 19:45-21:30

Location: Dante Building - DZ 5

Speaker: Prof. dr. Heleen Pott (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Title: Hard Feelings: William James and the Struggle to define Emotions.   

Abstract: In a now famous article in Mind (1884), William James defined emotion as a feeling of bodily changes. His account would become one of the most influential sources of disagreement in the history of philosophical psychology.  In the 20th century, an impressive number of philosophers, including  Scheler, Wittgenstein, and Sartre, argued that James is simply wrong to identify emotions as feelings of the body. In the 21st  century however, James’ theory of  bodily feelings would rise spectacularly from its ashes again, in the work of Damasio, Jesse Prinz, and many others.  In my talk,  I  explore the reasons for James’ popularity today. I will examine common misunderstandings of his theory in the past and present and explain why James’ pragmatic approach of  affective intentionality as constituted by bodily dynamics, makes him the most important theorist of emotion in recent history.     

Heleen Pott is  Socrates-professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her current research areas are in philosophy of mind and philosophical anthropology, especially emotions  and the embodied mind. She published books and articles on a broad range of topics, including Schopenhauer’s pessimism, James’s theory of embodied emotions, American pragmatism, and the aesthetics of cultural memory and trauma. 

Thursday 22 February 2018, 19:45-21:30

Location: Dante Building - DZ 5

Speaker: Luigino Bruni (LUMSA Rome)

Title: Capitalism as religion

Abstract: We cannot understand today the extraordinary success that the capitalist market has had over the past three decades unless we pay close attention to its primary mechanism: the destruction of free non-market goods. These goods are increasingly replaced by merchandise, which try to compensate for the famine of free non-market goods – and, in their own way, they succeed. But this very success simultaneously fuels the sense of isolation. The share of income that families today spend on smart phones and internet fees has exceeded the portion spent on food. The consequences of this new form of “creative destruction” are seriously undervalued. The likely and gloomy scenario on the horizon of our civilization is a rapid growth of this new idolatry, which is gradually shifting from the economic sphere towards civil society, schools and health. There is no opposition in its path of expansion because it draws on those religious symbols that our culture no longer has the categories to understand. Those who want to understand and maybe control the economy and the world today must study less business and more philosophy and anthropology.

Prof. dr. Luigino Bruni, Full Professor of Economics at Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA) in Rome, Italy, investigates the historical and philosophical foundations of economic thought, with a focus on the interpersonal dimension. With others, he rediscovered the Italian tradition of civil economy and cofounded the Scuola di Economia Civile (School of Civil Economy), to reenvision economic exchange through sociality, relational goods, and the common good. A contributor to the 2015 World Happiness Report, he holds a PhD in economics from the University of East Anglia and a doctorate in the history of economic thought from the University of Florence. Recent publications include Civil Economy: Another Idea of the Market (Agenda Publishing 2016, together with S. Zamagni), The Economics of Values-Based Organisations: An Introduction (Routledge 2014, together with A. Smerilli), and, translated in Dutch, De ongekende kant van de economie. Gratuïteit en markt (Nieuwe Stad 2015, together with A. Smerilli). During the current academic year he is Visiting Professor at Tilburg University, on behalf of the Thomas More Foundation.

Thursday 15 March 2018, 19:45-21:30

Location: Dante Building - DZ 5

Speaker: Prof. dr. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University)

Title: The Posthuman Subject: Critique and Creativity

Abstract: This lecture outlines the emergence of a posthuman vision of the subject in contemporary  critical theory. My working definition of the posthuman is the convergence of post-humanism with post-anthropocentrism. The former critiques the universalist idea of ‘Man’ as the alleged ‘measure of all things’. The latter criticizes species hierarchy and the assumption of human exceptionalism.  I will explore briefly the implications of the posthuman turn for political subjectivity, notably in terms of the relation between human and non-human agents. Resting on a Deleuzian framework, I will make a case for a vital neo-materialist vision of posthuman subjectivity and for an affirmative posthuman relational ethics. I will cross-refer here to some of my recent books: The Posthuman (2013) Conflicting Humanities (with Paul Gilroy, 2018) and The Posthuman Glossary with Maria Hlavajova, 2018).

Thursday 26 April 2018, 19:45-21:30

Location: Dante Building - DZ 5

Speaker: Prof. dr. Philippe van Parijs (KU Leuven)

Title: The future of Belgium: why it is (or should be) of interest to political philosophers

Abstract: Free institutions are next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities. Among a people without fellow-feeling, especially if they read and speak different languages, the united public opinion, necessary to the working  of representative government, cannot exist.” John Stuart Mill’s famous indictment of multilingual democracies is unwittingly but faithfully echoed in Belgium’s public debate: Belgium does not consist of one, but of two democracies, Flemish nationalists keep insisting. Therefore, the ultimate objective should be for Flanders and Wallonia to become independent nation-states.. Is there an alternative vision for the future of Belgium and, if so, on what philosophical premises does it rest?