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Research Seminar in Ethics

The Research Seminar in Ethics is a forum for all those who have research interests in ethics and social philosophy. The seminars can be taken for credit by research master students.

Seminars 2018-2019


Thursday, 2 May, 12:45-14:00

Room: DZ8

Speaker: Yvette Drissen

Lunchtime seminar: Is competition really a zero-sum game?

2  May 2019

Abstract – Most definitions of competition depict its zero-sum character; that is, one person’s or one group’s gain is equivalent to another person’s or group’s loss, so the net change in benefit is zero. However, often there are several kinds of gains and losses involved, inflicted on many individuals (not only the ones directly participating in the competition). By reflecting on the possibility of competition as a positive- and a negative-sum game, I will challenge the idea that competition necessarily has a zero-sum character. I conclude that competition is necessarily a zero-sum game only if we limit ourselves (1) to the goods that can be obtained inherent to the competition itself, to the exclusion of others (such as a prize, prestige and the good feeling of winning) and (2) to the people directly participating in that specific competition. Condition (1) implies condition (2), but not the other way around. In other words, the gains and losses inherent to the competition always refer to the people directly participating (e.g. a prize); while the people directly participating might also win and lose other things which are not inherent to the competition (e.g. health, friendship).


Thursday, 8 November, 12:45-14:00

Room: D119

Speaker: Willem van der Deijl (Erasmus University Rotterdam)


Wednesday, 21 November, 14:00-17:00

Room: D353

OZSW study-group Moral Psychology organises a work-in-progress meeting

14:00-14:45 ‒ Martha Claeys (University of Antwerp) ‒ What Pride, Mr. President? On Pride and Politics

14:45-15:30 ‒ Leonie Smith (University of Manchester) ‒ How to Win Over Epistemic Enemies and Influence People

15:30-16:00 ‒ coffee break

16:00-17:00 ‒ Mark Alfano (Delft University of Technology) ‒ Grief and Conflict

Attendance is free. Please register by sending an email to Katrien.Schaubroeck@uantwerpen.be or A.T.M.Archer@uvt.nl.


Thursday, 22 November, 12:45-14:00

Room: D119

Speaker: Per-Erik Milam (University of Twente)


Thursday, 29 November, 12:45-14:00

Room: D119

Speaker: (TiLPS)


Thursday, 2 May, 12.45-14.00

Room: Cube Z 214

Speaker: Yvette Drissen

Lunchtime seminar: Is competition really a zero-sum game?

2  Mei 2019

Abstract – Most definitions of competition depict its zero-sum character; that is, one person’s or one group’s gain is equivalent to another person’s or group’s loss, so the net change in benefit is zero. However, often there are several kinds of gains and losses involved, inflicted on many individuals (not only the ones directly participating in the competition). By reflecting on the possibility of competition as a positive- and a negative-sum game, I will challenge the idea that competition necessarily has a zero-sum character. I conclude that competition is necessarily a zero-sum game only if we limit ourselves (1) to the goods that can be obtained inherent to the competition itself, to the exclusion of others (such as a prize, prestige and the good feeling of winning) and (2) to the people directly participating in that specific competition. Condition (1) implies condition (2), but not the other way around. In other words, the gains and losses inherent to the competition always refer to the people directly participating (e.g. a prize); while the people directly participating might also win and lose other things which are not inherent to the competition (e.g. health, friendship).

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