Events

Events 2017



Conference "Kant and Global Poverty" from 5th to 7th of October

In cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen, the Chair for Practical Philosophy organizes a three-day conference called "Kant and World Poverty". Organizers are Prof. Corinna Mieth (Ruhr-University Bochum) and Martin Sticker (Trinity College Dublin, Irish Research Council funded Postdoc). The confernce takes place from the 5th to 7th of October and registration is open for all.

Please register your interest by sending an email to Martina.Tomczak@ruhr-uni-bochum.de. Registration is free. For enquiries email stickerm@tcd.ie.

Provisional Program

October 5th
13.30 – 14.45: Elizabeth Ashford: “The allowing of severe poverty as the discarding of persons’ lives”.

15.00 – 16.15: Klaus Steigleder: “Kant and positive duties”.

16.30 – 17.45: Corinna Mieth: “World Poverty and positive Duties”.

18.00 – 19.15: Heather Widdows: "A public goods approach to global health and justice".

October 6th
9.30 – 10.45: Alessandro Pinzani: “Beati Possidentes? Kant on Inequality and Poverty”.

11.00 – 12.15: Claudia Blöser: “What must we hope? The impact of hope in development economics”.

12.30 – 13:45: Georg Lohman: “Is there a Kantian, republican argument against poverty?”.

13.45: Break

15.00 – 16.15: Anna Wehofsits: “On Rationalizing”.

16.30 – 17.45: Martin Sticker: “Kant, Emergency and Latitude”.

18.00 – 19.15: Sarah Holtman: “Beneficence and Civic Respect: Some Reflections on Kantian Citizenship”.

October 7th
9.30 – 10.45: Maike Albertzart: “Kant and fantastic virtue”.

11.00 – 12.15: Reza Mosayebi: “Kant's 'honestas iuridica' and the Poor”.

12.30 – 13:45: Alice Pinheiro Walla: “Right, not Beneficence: Kantian ideas for
a new understanding of Global Justice”.

13.45: Break

15.00 – 16.15: Christoph Bambauer: “Autonomy, Poverty, and Human Rights”.

16.30 – 17.45: Onora O’Neill: “Realism about Justice:  some differences between Kant's political philosophy and contemporary human rights approaches”.




Additional participants and Commentators:

Dieter Schönecker (Siegen)
Gözde Yıldırım (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)
Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)
Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen)
Zubeyde Karadağ Thorpe (Hacettepe Üniversity, Ankara)

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EELP Summer School "Michael Blake on Migration" with Michael Blake from July 10th to 14th 2017

This year's summer school of the master programme Ethics - Economics, Law and Politics is dedicated to the issue of migration. At the center of debate will be the position of the philosopher Michael Blake from the University of Washington, who will personally introduce his thoughts and be part of an intensive discussion on them. The summer school takes place at Beckmanns Hof, one of the Ruhr-University's conference centers. It is also organised by the university Duisburg-Essen, the Technical University of Dortmund as well as the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Essen.

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Events 2016




Research project "Ethics of Immigration"

This research project aims at a more precise and adequate understanding of the (universal) right to freedom of movement. Central to this inquiry is the question “who may, and under what conditions, be allowed in or turned away?” This question is not only philosophically important; it is also at the centre of current political and social controversies. Therefore it is necessary to find out, for example, whether the strengths and limits of the right to freedom of movement depend on the reasons for migration or on the conditions for its realization in particular societies. The purpose of the project is, thus, to analyse political, social, and economic contexts of migration and their normative meaning. Our presupposition is that the right to freedom of movement can be appropriately understood only if we take into account different reasons for migration, while also considering a range of empirical constraints. Further details are available here.

The research project is conducted by Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Technische Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen. Funding of this project has been secured and granted by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr.

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International workshop "Kant and World Poverty" from April 4th to 5th 2016

In cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen, the Chair for Practical Philosophy organizes a two-day international workshop under the title "Kant and World Poverty". The event will take place at the Comeniusraum GA 2/41 at the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Programme:

Monday, April 4, 2016

09:45 am Corinna Mieth (Ruhr-University Bochum)/Martin Sticker (University of Göttingen)
– Opening Remarks –

10:00 am Oliver Sensen (Tulane University)
Why should I help others?

11:15 am – 11.30 am Coffee Break

11:30 am – 12:45 pm Alice Pinheiro Walla (Trinity College Dublin)
Requirements of Rationality in Kant's Ethics: The Case of Beneficence

12:45 pm – 02:00 pm Lunch Break

02:00 pm – 15:15 pm Kate Moran (Brandeis University)
Neither Justice nor Charity? Kant on ‘General Injustice’

15:15 pm – 16:30 pm Martin Sticker (University of Göttingen)
Kant in the Shallow Pond – Easy Rescue and the Role of Emergency for Kant’s Ethics

16:30 pm – 17:00 pm Coffee Break

17:00 pm – 18:15 pm Jens Timmermann (University of St Andrews)
Is it demeaning to help someone out of pity?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

10:00 am Corinna Mieth (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Two Problems in the Kantian Conception of Positive Duties

11:15 am – 11.30 am Coffee Break

11:30 am – 12:45 pm Thomas Mertens (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Kant on special obligations in the Metaphysics of Morals

12:45 pm – 02:00 pm Lunch Break

15:15 pm – 16:30 pm Maike Albertzart (HU Berlin)
Parfit, Kant and the Problem of Imperceptible Differences

16:30 pm – 17:00 pm Coffee Break

17:00 pm – 18:15 pm Alessandro Pinzani (Florianopolis, Bochum)
The Phantom of Freedom

Respondents and further participants:
Anna Wehofsits (LMU)
Stefano Lo Re (University of St Andrews)
Michael Walschots (University of Western Ontario)
Parttyli Rinne (University of St Andrews)
Martin Brecher (Mannheim)
Nora Kassan (Bochum)
Ido Geiger (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

Organisation:
Corinna Mieth
Martin Sticker

Contakt:
Martina Tomczak (Martina.Tomczak@rub.de)

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Internationale conference "Why peope Migrate" from 18th to 19th of February 2016

The causes for migration are obivously relevant for the normative judgement and justification of claims of migrants. This is especially so if one is concerned with the origin and aims of migrants. Some causes legitimate strict duties, whereas others are not able to ground any claims. And some reasons, which came into being by the receiving countries, can bring about claims of compensation. At the same time can reasons, that are independent from the receiving states, lead to completely different claims and duties. This internationale conference aims at bringing scholars from law and social sciences, who are interested in (forced) migration, together with political philosophers, who try to elaborate on the ethics and political implications of migration.

The conference is part of the MERCUR research project„Ethics of Immigration“, which was founded by philosophers and political scientists from the university Duisburg-Essen, the Ruhr-University Bochum and the TU Dortmund as well as the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen and the Universitätsallianz Ruhr (UAR). The project aims at improving the debate about the ethics of migrations by integrating judicial and socio-scientific perspectives on migration, the capacity of states and the effects of migration on the cultural and social life.

Scientific direction:
Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth  (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Niederberger (University Duisburg-Essen)
Prof. Dr. Volker Heins (Institute for the Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen)
JunProf. Dr. Christian Neuhäuser (Technical University Dortmund)
in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Galya Ruffer (Center for Forced Migration Studies, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA)

Speakers:
Paula Banerjee (Calcutta Research Group), Tendayi Bloom (Yale University), Jan Brezger (Freie Universität Berlin), Nergis Canefe (York Univesity Toronto), Andreas Cassee (Freie Universität Berlin), Frank Dietrich (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf), Johanna Gördemann (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Anna Goppel (Universität Bern), Henning Hahn (Universität Kassel / Freie Universität Berlin), Peter Higgins (Eastern Michigan University), Jennifer Hyndman (York University Toronto), Matthias Kettner (Universität  Witten-Herdecke), Olaf Kleist (Oxford/Universität Osnabrück), Zachary Lomo (York University Toronto), Andreas Niederberger (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Galya Ruffer (Northwestern University), Dallal Stevens (University of Warwick), Shelley Wilcox (San Francisco State University)

Participation after application until the 15th of February. Contact: Martina Tomczak (RUB), martina.tomczak@rub.de.

The conference language is English

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Events 2014

Workshop: “Here I stand. I can do no other.” on june 20th/21st, 2014

“Hier stehe ich, ich kann nicht anders.” – “Here I stand. I can do no other.”
June 20-21, 2014

Venue: Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen, KWI, Gartensaal
Hosts: Dr. Katharina Bauer and Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth (Chair for Practical Philosophy), Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Contact: katharina.bauer@rub.de

Financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


„Here I stand. I can do no other." „I (just) have to do this, I do not have a choice.“ – Such phrases imply a necessity of important decisions and actions. They refer to fundamental convictions or beliefs and can be regarded as existential expressions of a person’s character and identity. But they can also be considered as unjustified exculpations. One could ask: “Did you really have to do this? Did you consider all alternatives? Can you really know, what you have to do?”


How should expressions like “Here I stand, I can do no other” be interpreted? What is their explanatory or exculpatory power? What does practical necessity mean, in how far is it really ‘necessary’ – and for whom? Which dimensions of practical necessity can be distinguished? And what does it mean for our self-understanding and for our responsibility, if we are necessitated by such necessities?


Patterns of tragic necessity, aesthetic, narrative, as well as historical necessities play an important role in sociocultural interpretations of human life. Those patterns reflect our will to control contingency and luck. Kantian inspired philosophy (e.g. Christine Korsgaard) underlines the absolute and objective moral necessity of the categorical imperative, which is distinguished from the subjective necessity of hypothetical imperatives and related to the necessitation by moral law. Contrary positions defend the specific authority of a less rational personal necessity: For Bernard Williams such necessities and incapacities express our characters, they overrule moral obligations and they can point at a limit where someone would even have to ‘become another person’, if he was forced to an alternative action. For Harry G. Frankfurt our personalities necessarily have to be structured and shaped by the volitional necessities of love.


Different concepts of practical necessity imply different ideas about ethics, morality and about personhood and personality. The discussion about the dimensions of practical necessity will be related to discussions about the role of morality in human life, about the ideals of autonomy, authenticity and individuality, about freedom of the will and about different models of self-constitution, of personal identity and integrity.


Schedule

FR 20.06.2014

  • 10.00h – 10.15h: Introduction
  • 10.15h – 11.15h: Dr. Christoph Bambauer: Christine Korsgaard and the Normativity of Practical Identities
  • 11.15h – 12.15: Dr. Katharina Bauer: Here I stand… About the Significance of Personal Necessity
  • 12.15h – 12.30h: Coffee Break
  • 12.30h - 13.30h: Dr. Somogy Varga: Necessity and the motives that 'speak for us'
  • 13.30h – 14.30h: Lunch Break
  • 14.30h – 16.00h: Dr. Kathi Beier: Self-deception and Incontinence. Some Remarks in Defence of a Virtue-ethical Approach to Practical Necessity
  • 16.00h – 16.15h: Coffee Break
  • 16.15h – 17.45h: Prof. Dr. Marya Schechtman: Practical Necessity and Self-Constitution
  • 17.45h – 19.15h: Prof. Dr. Beate Rössler: Practical Necessity vs. Ambivalence. On the Difficulties of Being Autonomous

SA 21.06.2014

  • 10.00h – 11.30h: PD Dr. Arnd Pollmann: “Here I stand. I could do other.” Can Persons of Integrity be Weak-Willed?
  • 11.30h – 11.45h: Coffee Break
  • 11.45h – 13.15h: PD Dr. Michael Kühler: What if I cannot do what I have to do? Notions of Practical Necessity and the Principal ‘Ought Implies Can’
  • 13.15h – 14.15h: Lunch Break
  • 14.15h – 15.45h: Prof. Dr. Oliver Hallich: Contingency and Moral Blame
  • 15.45h – 16.00h: Coffee Break
  • 16.00 – 17.30h: Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth: The Tension between Morality and Happiness
  • 17.30 – 18.00h: Discussion


Speakers (confirmed):

  • Dr. Kathi Beier (Universität Wien)
  • Dr. Christoph Bambauer (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Dr. Katharina Bauer (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Hallich (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
  • PD Dr. Michael Kühler (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster / Universität Bern)
  • Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • PD Dr. Arnd Pollmann (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg / Universität Hamburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Beate Rössler (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
  • Prof. Dr. Marya Schechtman (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Dr. Somogy Varga (University of Memphis / University of Copenhagen)


You are welcome to join the workshop. Prior registrations, until June 10 are asked for.
contact: Birgit Schleritt, Birgit.Schleritt@rub.de

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Workshop: Responsibility and Consumption on february 10th/11th, 2014

On February 10th and 11th, 2014 the Chair for Practical Philosophy will host a workshop on the topic „Responsibility and Consumption“. The workshop will take place at KWI (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut) in Essen.

You are welcome to join the workshop. Prior registrations, until January 31 are asked for.

Resgistration (until 31.01.2014):
Birgit Schleritt, Tel. 0234 32-28722, Birgit.Schleritt@rub.de

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth, Tel. 0234 32-22748, Corinna.Mieth@rub.de

Schedule

MO 10.02.2014

  • 10.00h – 10.15h: Introduction
  • 10.15h – 11.45h: Dr. Christian Neuhäuser
    Drei Dimensionen der Verantwortung von Konsumenten und Unternehmen
  • 11.45h – 12.00h: Coffee Break
  • 12.00h – 13.30: Imke Schmidt
    Konsumentenverantwortung für nachhaltiges Konsumieren und Produzieren
  • 13.30h – 14.30h: Lunch Break
  • 14.30h – 16.00h: Prof. Dr. Ludger Heidbrink
    Das Prinzip der Konsumentenverantwortung. Grundlagen, Bedingungen und Voraussetzungen verantwortlichen Konsums
  • 16.00h – 16.15h: Coffee Break
  • 16.15h – 17.45h: Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. rer. pol. habil. Michael Stefan Aßländer
    Shopping for Virtues – Corporate und Consumers’ Social Responsibility im Konzept geteilter sozialer Verantwortung
  • 17.45h – 19.15h: Andreas Streubig
    Verantwortung in der Praxis I: CSR bei der Otto Group


DI 11.02.2014

  • 10.00h – 11.30h: Dr. des. CIaudia Blöser
    The Defeasible Structure of Ascriptions of Responsibility
  • 11.30h – 11.45h: Coffee Break
  • 11.45h – 13.15h: Uwe Lübbermann
    Verantwortung in der Praxis II: Das alternative Geschäftsmodell von Premium Cola
  • 13.15h – 14.15h: Lunch Break
  • 14.15h – 15.45h: Dipl.-Geogr. Vera Fricke
    CSR-Kommunikation für Konsumentenverantwortung. Auswirkungen auf den nachhaltigen Konsum
  • 15.45h – 16.00h: Coffee Break
  • 16.00 – 17.00h: Daniel Saar, M.A.
    Konsumentenverantwortung und gravierende Armut
  • 17.00h – 18.00h: Janelle Pötzsch, M.A.
    Strukturelle Ungerechtigkeit und die Rolle von Unternehmen








Events 2013

WORKSHOP WITH PROF. THOMAS POGGE (YALE UNIVERSITY) ON THE „HEALTH IMPACT FUND“ ON JULY 2ND, 2013

On july 2nd, 2013 the Chair for Practical Philosophy and the Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities (KWI) in Essen host a workshop with Prof. Thomas Pogge (Yale University) concerning the „Health Impact Fund“. The workshop will take place at the KWI in Essen (9.30am-4.30pm). The number of participants is limited. Please sign up until 25th of june at Birgit.Schleritt@rub.de.
Thomas Pogge is Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale. His current research focuses on issues of justice, poverty and health. The "Health Impact Fund" is a proposed way of paying for pharmaceutical innovation. It would incentivize the development and delivery of new medicines by paying for performance. This could change health outcomes and the distribution of pharmaceuticals in both the developed and developing world.
Here you can find further information: www.healthimpactfund.com


Talk: Thomas Pogge (Yale University) on the "Health Impact Fund" on july 1st, 2013

On july 1st, 2013 Prof. Thomas Pogge (Yale University) will give a public talk on the "Health Impact Fund" in context of the grand opening of the master program EELP (Ethics - Economics, Law and Politics). The lecture will take place at hall 1 of the event venue (Veranstaltungszentrum der RUB, Saal 1) and will start at 6 pm. Admission is from 5.30 pm.

Thomas Pogge is Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale. His current research focuses on issues of justice, poverty and health.
The "Health Impact Fund" is a proposed way of paying for pharmaceutical innovation. It would incentivize the development and delivery of new medicines by paying for performance. This could change health outcomes and the distribution of pharmaceuticals in both the developed and developing world.
Here you can find further information: www.healthimpactfund.com

Here, you can watch a video of Prof. Thomas Pogge's talk


Talks concerning the Topic "Consumer Ethics" on june 28th, 2013

On june 28th, 2013 Sabine Hohl (Zurich) and Ute Kruse-Ebeling (Potsdam) will give talks about the topic "Consumer Ethics" in the context of the chairs research colloquium. The colloquium takes place from 3pm till 7pm in GA3/143.
If you're not a regular member of the colloquium plaese sign up at Birgit.Schleritt@rub.de unitl june, 24th.

Sabine Hohl is a PhD-Student in the Graduate Program "Ethics" at the University of Zurich. Her dissertation is dealing with the responsibility of individuals concerning collective caused harmes.
Ute Kruse-Ebeling is a Researcher at the Chair of Ethics and Aesthetics at the University of Potsdam. She is interested in classical and new approaches in ethics, in environmental philosophy and in phenomenology.


Lecture: Marcus Düwell (Utrecht) - "Human Dignity and Future Generations" on june 14th, 2013

On june 14th, 2013 Prof. Dr. Marcus Düwell will give a talk about "Human Dignity and Future Generations" in the context of the chairs research colloquium. The colloquium takes place from 3pm till 7pm in GA3/143. If you're not a regular member of the colloquium plaese sign up at Birgit.Schleritt@rub.de unitl june, 10th.

Marcus Düewell is Professor of Philosophical Ethics at Utrecht University. His research concentrates on questions concerning the foundation of morality and on applied ethics in its relation to ethical theory and political philosophy.





Lecture: "Jenseits der Akademie. Karrierewege für Geisteswissenschaftler" on april 15th, 2013

On april 15th, 2013 there will be a lecture held by Dr. Thorsten Wilhelmy concerning the topic "Jenseits der Akademie. Karrierewege für Geisteswissenschaftler".
The lecture takes place from 6pm till 8 pm in the Comeniusraum (GA 2/41). You are very welcome!
Thorsten Wilhelmy was born in 1973. Cuurently he is a secretary at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. He held jobs as a referee at the Cusanuswerk and as a referee at the German science council, before.






Workshop: "Morality and Law - Can Torture and Targeted Killing be Legitimated?" on march 8th/9th, 2013

On march 8th and 9th, 2013 there will be a workshop concerning the topic "Morality and Law - Can Torture and Targeted Killing be Legitimated?". The workshop takes place at Gartensaal at Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen. The workshop is public. You are welcome to join it. The conference language is Englisch.
Prior registrations, until march 1st are asked for.
Contact: Maria.Klauwer@kwi-nrw.de







You could save thousands of lifes, if you tortured just one terrorist to confess the location of a bomb. Would you do it? Should you do it?
Germany is defended at the Hindu Kush and terrorist leaders are killed by unmanned drones. But isn't it murder to kill non-soliders without so much as a warning?
Bob Brecher (Brighton), Ariel Colonomos (Paris) and Anna Goppel (Zurich) will be presenting philosophical arguments on these questions.


Programme:

march 8th, 2013
10am - 4pm: Bob Brecher (Brighton): Torture and the Ticking Bomb
4pm - 6pm: Ariel Colonomos (Paris): Preventive War

march 9th, 2013
10am - 4pm: Anna Goppel (Zurich): Targeted Killing of Terrorists
4pm - 6pm: Final Discussion


Workshop: Axel Honneth: "Das Recht der Freiheit" on january 25th, 2013

On january 25th, 2013 there will be a workshop with Prof. Dr. Axel Honneth (University of Frankfurt am Main) concerning the topic "Das Recht der Freiheit" (10am - 4pm).

The workshop will take place at the room "Shanghai" (Beckmanns Hof/Internationales Begegnungszentrum). The workshop is public. You are very welcome to join us.

Please sign up by e-mail: Daniel.Saar@rub.de until january, 18th.





Events 2011/2012

Workshop: Alizabeth Ashford: "World Poverty and Positive Duties" on may 26th, 2012

On may 26th, 2012 there will be a workshop with Elizabeth Ashford concerning the topic "World Poverty and Positive Duties" (10am - noon and 2pm - 4pm). The workshop will take place at the Comeniusraum (GA 2/41).
The workshop is public. You are very welcome to join us.










Workshop: "John Rawls. Politischer Liberalismus" on february 6th/7th, 2012

On february 6th/7th, 2012 there will be a workshop concerning John Rawls' "Political Liberalism" (9.30am - 6pm). The workshop will take place at IBZ, Hof Beckmann. Students will have the chance to get in discussion with the speakers.
The workshop is public. You are very welcome to join us. Please sign up by e-mail: Daniel.Saar@rub.de








Programme:

February, 6th:
Elif Özmen (Munich): Grundlagen des Politischen Liberalismus bei Rawls
Herlinde Pauer-Studer (Vienna): Freiheit und Gleichheit bei Rawls
Fabian Freyenhagen (Essex): Is Rawls’ idea of reasonable pluralism
convincing?
Fabienne Peter (Warwick): Rawls’ idea of public reason

February, 7th:
Robin Celikates (Amsterdam): Die Idee des zivilen Ungehorsams bei Rawls
Jörg Schaub (Frankfurt/M.): Die Unterscheidung zwischen idealer und
nicht-idealer Theorie bei Rawls
Claudia Blöser (Bochum): Bildung als Gegenstand der Chancengleichheit bei
Rawls


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TALK: "Weltarmut als Menschenrechtsverletzung. Zu Peter Singer und Thomas Pogge" on November, 21th 2011

Prof. Dr. Mieth will give a talk on the topic "Weltarmut als Menschenrechtsverletzung. Zu Peter Singer und Thomas Pogge" on november, 11th 2011 at 4:15 pm. The talk is part of the "Viertes Informationstreffen mit LehrerInnen an Schulen des Ruhrgebiets".
Location: GABF 05/705 (RUB)

Programme


Workshop: "Moral und Glück" on february, 25th/26th 2011

A lot of moral theories, especially those inspired by Kant, are pressuring the own well being or life satisfaction. Do we have to abandon central individual plans for our life (for example to become an artist) if these plans get in conflict with legitimate interests of others (like those of the own family)? Can such a person live a life with integrity even though this person is not satisfying moral demands all the time? Is it possible that human beings are contended even if they are acting very immoral? Can there be contended miscreants? Or is a virtuous life the only way to luck, like Plato and Aristotle thought? The workshop is finishing a research seminar on the topic and should especially give students the chance to get in contact with the invited researchers.


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