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National Dutch Philosophy Day ("Dag van de Filosofie"): 'Borders'

Saturday April 16, 2016 in theatre De NWE Vorst in Tilburg

PRESSRELEASE 14-03-2016 - The annual national Dutch Philosophy Day (“Dag van de Filosofie”) will take place on Saturday April 16, 2016 and will relate to the theme of the Dutch-Flemish Philosophy Month (“Maand van de Filosofie”): ‘Borders’.

This event offers a rich program of lectures, debates, and interviews. Prominent speakers include the well-known British-Hungarian sociologist and writer Frank Furedi (University of Kent), the Danish-Dutch philosopher, writer and documentary maker Stine Jensen, political scientist and professor of European Studies Paul Scheffer, writer and conceptual artist Tinkebell, arabist Jan Jaap de Ruiter, and writer Anton Dautzenberg.

The day, which is organised by the Department of Philosophy with academic partners at Tilburg University, will be opened at 12.45 by Mario Jacobs, alderman of Tilburg responsible  for local asylum policy. After Frank Furedi’s opening lecture, entitled Why Is It So Difficult to Draw a Line?, visitors can choose from three parallel sessions. While borders is a most topical theme, due to the refugee crisis and recent terrorist attacks, the day will also address fundamental issues related to other borders that are not geographical or moral in nature: borders of personal identity, of cognition, of art, of science, and of understanding.
Two subsequent sessions will be held in English. One is on the topic of extremism and radicalization, featuring the political scientist and legal scholar Machteld Zee and Flemish philosopher and writer Tinneke Beeckman. In the other session the neurophilosophers Erik Myin (University of Antwerp) and Julian Kiverstein (University of Amsterdam) will discuss current views on the nature of thought processes and consciousness.

The evening program will open with a discussion of the use of metaphors in politics leading to unjustified feelings of understanding, and close with a session on political correctness and neo-conservatism, featuring Kasper Janssen and Joris van Laarhoven, known from the internet videoseries (and VPRO TV program) “De Snijtafel” (The Cutting Table).

Foto: Irma Rabelink

Note for the press

The "Dag van de Filosofie 2016: Grenzen” will take place on Saturday, April 16 from 12.45 until 10 pm in theatre De NWE Vorst in Tilburg. For more information about  the program, the speakers, and tickets, see:, facebook and twitter.


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