PhD Course ‘The Philosophy of Risk’ – 29th October – 2nd November 2018

4TU.Ethics Graduate School, together with the Dutch Research School of Philosophy

“This course offers you a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the concept of risk. If you want to know more about the ethical dimensions of risk, this course is highly recommended!”  Naomi Jacobs, Course participant 2017

Philosophy of risk, 4TU PhD course Oct 29-Nov 2 2018

Together with the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology invite PhD students/ ReMa students in philosophy to register for the course Philosophy of Risk which will take place at Eindhoven University of Technology from Monday October 29th to Friday November 2nd 2018.

This course starts with the basic distinctions and key concepts within the philosophy of risk. It then considers the question of how to evaluate risks and risk-impositions. In relation to this, we will investigate how and whether the standard moral theories can adequately deal with the ethical dimensions of risks and risk-impositions. Having discussed risk in more general terms, we then turn to a number of more specific domains where the concept of risk is important, such as the ethics of technology, bioethics, and environmental ethics. The exact topics we will cover will depend on which guest lecturers will come and visit us however topics are very likely to include risk-management for self-driving cars, risk and trust, and risks associated with developing neurotechnologies. The course will also have a professional development component. It will be about writing for peer-reviewed journals.

The deadline for registration is October 6th 2018. 

More information and registration details,can be found here.

A selection of related materials that you can already access is found below:

Sven Nyholm, “The Ethics of Crashes with Self-Driving Cars: A Roadmap, I”, Philosophy Compass:

Sven Nyholm, “The Ethics of Crashes with Self-Driving Cars: A Roadmap, II”, Philosophy Compass:

Neelke Doorn, “Distributing Risks: Allocation Principles for Distributing Reversible and Irreversible Losses”, Ethics, Policy & Environment:

Sabine Roeser, Veronica Alfano, and Caroline Nevejan,”The Role of Art in Emotional-Moral Reflection on Risky and Controversial Technologies: The Case of BNCI”, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice:

Sven Ove Hansson, “Risk”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

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