Applications open for summer course ‘Applied Philosophy: Issues, methods and nature, July 7 –18, 2014 Budapest

The CEU Summer University announces the course
In cooperation with The Society for Applied Philosophy (SAP)


Zoltan Miklosi, Department of Political Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Kaspar Lippert-Rasmussen, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

Orsolya Reich, Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Richard J. Arneson, Department of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, USA
Jeff McMahan, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, USA
Christopher Megone, Faculty of Arts, Philosophy, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Orsolya Reich, Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Simon Rippon, Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Jennifer Saul, Philosophy, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Veronika Szanto, Institute of Philosophy, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
Victor Tadros, School of law, University of Warwick, UK
Brief course description
The course will examine two sets of questions. Some sessions will focus on various topics in applied philosophy. These will include some of the more well-known issues, e.g. abortion, punishment, neuroethics, population ethics, animal ethics, civil disobedience, ethics of war, and euthanasia, as well as some less well known topics in applied philosophy, e.g. applied epistemology. Other sessions will focus on the meta-question. Issues addressed will include questions such as: how is reflective equilibrium applied with applied philosophy and, in particular, is reflective equilibrium achieved any differently from how it is achieved in non-applied philosophy? In what ways does applied ethics differ from other disciplines in applied philosophy? What exactly is the difference between applied and non-applied philosophy? Is it possible to have, say, justified
beliefs in normative ethics independently of results established in applied ethics? What are good examples of excellent arguments in applied philosophy? Which results can one expect applied philosophy to deliver? By running the applied philosophy topics and the meta-questions in parallel the students will be encouraged to integrate their understanding of the two overarching questions of the course.

Applications are invited from: graduate students, postdocs, and young faculty in Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy, Law and Economics. Participants are expected to have familiarity with some recent work on moral philosophy and applied
ethics. Prior to the course, students will be encouraged to submit short papers (max 6 pages) describing their research project in applied philosophy, which will be pre-circulated and discussed at the course with feed-back invited from faculty.

Central European University’s summer school (CEU SUN), established in 1996, is a program in English for graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals. It offers high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU
faculty). Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.
Application deadline: February 14, 2014

For further academic information on the course and on eligibility criteria and funding options please visit the web site at

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