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Public Philosophy and Social Ontology, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 days
University rank #65 (ARWU) Groningen, Netherlands
How do people live together? And how should they live together? Answering these questions requires a conception of society, and of the role that social practices, institutions and organizations play in it. But what are these social structures? What are their functions? And how can they contribute to a just society? Find out more in the Public Philosophy and Social Ontology programme at the University of Groningen.
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The Public Philosophy and Social Ontology programme at the University of Groningen brings together experts in social theory, social ontology, ethics, and political philosophy. It serves to bring recent developments in social ontology to bear on public philosophy.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:
  • gain a deeper understanding of some of the main approaches in social ontology
  • learn how to apply them to issues in public philosophy – including collective rights and responsibilities
  • improve communication skills within the research community
  • meet experts and other Phd students in social ontology and public philosophy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The main themes of this summer school are:
  • Social practices and institutions: incentives & norms, nature & function
  • Social construction and social change: identity / discrimination
  • Social groups and collective agents: responsibility & rights
  • Social structures and individual autonomy: concord / conflict


The summer school is designed for PhD students in philosophy with a background or interest in the social sciences. Research Master students and post-docs are also welcome to apply.


  • Christina Bicchieri (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Sally Haslanger (MIT)
  • Stephanie Collins (Australian Catholic University)
  • University of Groningen: Andreas Schmidt, Titus Stahl, Justin Bruner & Frank Hindriks

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    300 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 300 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    300 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 300 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
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  • € 350 (non-OZSW members)
  • € 300 (OZSW members)

Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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