CFA -Experimental Philosophy and COVID-19 Online FiloLab International Doctoral Summer School 2021

Experimental Philosophy: Knowledge, norms and social perceptions in the wake of COVID-19.

October 13 – 15, 2021. Online Workshop organized by the University of
Granada, Spain.
The Third Filo-Lab International Doctoral Summer School will be held
online due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The
Summer School is based on keynote talks by distinguished professors as
well as presentations and discussions of Ph. D. Candidates’ projects and

  • Topic:

The organizing committee has decided to focus on a number of issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, since this is certainly generating the most interest at this moment in our field and in other areas of the humanities and social sciences. Also, we have decided to narrow the methodological approach to experimental philosophy, a methodology that is the hallmark of several research groups and projects in the Doctoral Program of the University of Granada and Filo-Lab Research Unit, and has been used to shed light on a diversity of classic philosophical problems that have become relevant in our current circumstance: questions such as public trust in science (epistemology) and in mechanisms of political decision; social preparedness in the face of uncertain or unexpected shocks; social priorities in health, economy, culture, etc.; evolution and change of social norms and social priorities; threats to individual liberty and liberal rights due to widespread governmental curfews and restrictions; aspects related to crucial issues in medical ethics and bioethics, such as distribution of scarce medical resources (medical triage, vaccination protocols, etc.), the status and role of the public health system, impact of the pandemic on key indicators of well-being (death rates, life expectancy, early detection of other illnesses and conditions), etc.

This wide array of topics generate deep philosophical questions
that—directly or indirectly—are been dealt with by numerous doctoral
research projects. The Workshop will consider both theoretical and
applied/empirical questions and proposals for discussion.

  • The workshop admits of two ways of participation:

a) Attendance: general audience of Ph.D. candidates who wish to attend the
three-session workshop.

b) Presentation: presenters who wish to submit their Ph.D. research project for eventual discussion with specialist professors in the course of the workshop. Prospective presenters must submit an extended abstract of their research (between 500 and 1000 words). These abstracts will be considered by the organizing committee of the Doctoral Workshop and on the basis of thematic fit and quality, given the chance of being presented and discussed as part of the Workshop sessions. These presentations will be assigned to a particular session according to their topic and presentations slots in the final program.

  • Methodology:

The workshop is conceived as a theoretical/practical encounter where Ph.D. candidates are given the chance to present and discuss their projects with the guest professors as well as with specialized members of our own program and colleagues. However, it is expected that a general audience of graduate students with general interests in the topics covered by the Workshop will be able to benefit from expert introductions to the method and possibilities of experimental philosophy, as well as to recent results that show how experimental philosophy can contribute to current social issues  -in this case, to the above-mentioned questions related to the pandemic-.

The Workshop will have three independent sessions, scheduled so that participants from several time zones can connect online. Each session will feature one of our guest professors. Brian Earp will introduce the method of experimental philosophy and its possibilities; Prof. Bicchieri will focus on experimental ethics and social norms; prof. Deroy will focus on epistemological issues.

Sessions will be organized online through the SALVE system of the University of Granada (Zoom). Registered participants will receive information and passwords in advance.

  • Invited Scholars:

Cristina Bicchieri, S. J. Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought
and Comparative Ethics; Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and
Economics Program. Director of the Center for Social Norms and
Behavioral Dynamics; University of Pennsylvania.

Ophelia Deroy, Chair and Head of Philosophy of Mind/CVBE, Graduate
School in Systemic Neuroscience (GSN); Ludwig Maximilian University

Brian Earp, Department of Philosophy, Yale University. Senior Research
Fellow Uehiro Center for Ethics (University of Oxford).

  • Registration and fees:

There will be a single registration fee of twenty-five Euros (25€) that covers administrative paperwork, access to the virtual room, course materials, and certificate of participation/presentation.

Registration fee may be waived for non-funded / unemployed students upon request. In this case, students must prove they are enrolled in a Ph.D. program as well as the condition they allege.

There will be up to 5 free-of-charge places reserved for Ph. D. Students from any of the Universities belonging to the ARQUS Alliance, provided they fulfill the general admision criteria.

  • Submission Procedure and Registration

Please submit your proposal to The deadline for the submission of proposals is August 20th, 2021. Accepted proposals will be confirmed shortly after reception, until reaching the limit of available places. Each proposal should include:

Affiliation (if any)
Title of research proposal
Abstract (between 500 and 1000 words)
Scientific areas of interest (100 words max.)
In case you want to register without submitting a proposal, just send us your name, e-mail and institutional affiliation.

  • Organizing Committee:

Lilian Bermejo Luque, Pedro Francés Gómez, Ester Massó Guijarro, David
Rodríguez-Arias, Ivar Rodríguez Hannikainen, Jon Rueda Etxebarria and Neftalí Villanueva González.

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