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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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. Currently 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.

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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

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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.

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Events 2011/12



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.

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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

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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.

Flyer
Poster

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