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Beyond the Canon

Call for Applications

Theme: Beyond the Canon
Subtitle: Unexplored Topics and Forgotten Thinkers
Type: OZSW Autumn School
Institution: Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW)
  Tilburg University
Location: Tilburg (Netherlands)
Date: 25.–26.10.2019
Deadline: 1.6.2019

Textbooks on the history of philosophy deal with what are widely
agreed to be the most important themes and thinkers of the past
two-and-a-half thousand years. They discuss, among others, the views
of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, and Kant, as
well as the major traditions and debates in epistemology,
metaphysics, and ethics: rationalism vs. empiricism, essentialism vs.
nominalism, realism vs. idealism, and consequentialism vs. deontology.

But how did the philosophical canon presented in the textbooks arise?
To what extent does the canon give an accurate picture of the
philosophical tradition? And are there thinkers, topics, themes or
traditions that are worthy of note but that have not been taken up in
the canon? Questions like these will be at the heart of the OZSW
Autumn School of 2019 at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Our
lecturers Han Thomas Adriaenssen, Liam Kofi Bright, Gary Ostertag,
and Marta Sznajder will discuss these questions, calling on a wide
range of periods and philosophical traditions.

Confirmed lecturers

Han Thomas Adriaenssen (University of Groningen)
Liam Kofi Bright (London School of Economics)
Gary Ostertag (CUNY, New York)
Marta Sznajder (MCMP, Munich)

Submission guidelines

Students can present a paper or an issue they encounter in their own
research in a one-hour student-led session, consisting of a
presentation and discussion. If you wish to submit a paper for
presentation, please send an email to and
attach the following:  A paper abstract of max. 500 words and a short
CV (max 2 pages).
If you wish to participate without presenting a paper, please send a
short CV (max. 2 pages) and a brief motivation (max. 1 page).
The deadline for submissions is June 1.
Dutch MA and Ph.D. students can earn study points (ECTS) by


OZSW members: 90 euro
non-OZSW members: 150 euro
The fee covers course materials, administration costs, coffee breaks,
and one dinner

Dates and deadlines

June 01: Submission deadline
June 30: Notifications
October 25-26: Autumn School

Contact info

For questions concerning the content of the course, please contact
Sander Verhaegh:

Please contact the OZSW secretariat for any practical inquiries: