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Message posted on 15/09/2019

OZSW/4TU Ethics PhD course: Philosophy of Risk, Oct 28-Nov 1 2019

                The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the 4TU Center for
<br>Ethics and Technology invite PhD students/ ReMa students in philosophy to
<br>the course “*Philosophy of Risk*”.
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<br>*Dates*: Monday Oct 28- Friday Nov 1, 2019
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<br>*Topic*: we will explore the ethics of risk. On a basic level, we will
<br>discuss the topics of (a) what risks are and (b) what sorts of evils and
<br>harms people are exposed to when they are subject to risks or when others
<br>impose risks upon them. We will also concern ourselves with the issue of
<br>what the proper response to risk is. To make this set of questions more
<br>concrete, we will explore a number of issues in practical
<br>ethics: risks related to robots and automated technologies (e.g. weapons
<br>systems and autonomous driving), the future of human flourishing,
<br>algorithms and recommender systems, risks and uncertainty in medical
<br>contexts, and much more. We will explore the extent and limits to which
<br>traditional normative theories can be applied to these issues. And we will
<br>investigate what methodology to use when dealing with the ethics
<br>of risk (and related topics within practical ethics). The course also
<br>features a professional development component, focused on how to write
<br>papers for peer-reviewed journals.
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<br>*Aims of the course*: to enable students to incorporate the theme
<br>of risk into their own research in ethics and philosophy, and to teach
<br>students about the most current work on the philosophy and ethics
<br>of risk and the methodology used in that philosophical literature. A
<br>further aim is to help participants improve as professional academics by
<br>improving their writing-skills and their understanding of academic
<br>publishing. The ethics and philosophy of risk is a flourishing and growing
<br>area of philosophical research. It is an overarching aim of the course to
<br>inspire and enable participants to contribute to this important field, both
<br>at the level of basic ethical theory and at the level of applied ethics.
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<br>*Practical info*: the course will feature a number of seminars and lectures
<br>with various guest lecturers from the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology
<br>and from colleagues collaborating with 4TU Ethics. Students will give a
<br>presentation towards the end of the week, and will also write a paper
<br>(1500-2000 words) based on their presentation. The presentations and papers
<br>will either be about the course-material or, if the participant works on
<br>a risk-related topic in their PhD, it can also be on the topic of the
<br>participant’s PhD-project. The course will take place at the campus of the
<br>Eindhoven University of Technology.
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<br>*Registration Deadline*: October 6, 2019
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<br>*Coordinator*: Sven Nyholm, Assistant professor, Eindhoven University of
<br>Technology, *https://www.tue.nl/en/research/researchers/sven-nyholm/
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<br>*Lectures by*: Sven Nyholm (TU/e), Sabine Roeser (Delft), Neelke Doorn
<br>(Delft), John Danaher (NUI Galway), Philip Nickel (TU/e), Wybo Houkes
<br>(TU/e), Owen King (Twente), Kritika Maheshwari (Groningen), Jilles Smids
<br>(TU/e)
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<br>For more info, and to register for the course, go to:
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<br>https://www.ozsw.nl/activity/philosophy-of-risk-2019/
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<br> (or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!)
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<br>Best wishes, Sven
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<br>Sven Nyholm
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<br>https://www.tue.nl/en/research/researchers/sven-nyholm/
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