Netherlands, Groningen

The Challenge of Natural Teleology: Final Causes from Aristotle to Darwin

when 13 January 2016 - 13 January 2016
language English
fee EUR 50

From June 28 to July 1, the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen will host a summer school devoted to the issue of natural teleology and final causes from Aristotle to Darwin.

All along its history, the reflection on the ontological status and the explanatory role of final causes affected several domains such as metaphysics, theology, psychology, philosophy of language and evolution theory. This Summer School focuses on some of the major turning points in the history of this controversy that challenged philosophers, scientists and theologians from antiquity to today’s debates.

During morning sessions, established scholars in several different fields of history of thought will offer seminars on some of crucial milestones in the debate concerning natural teleology and final causes. Afternoon sessions will consist of discussions of selected papers presented by students and roundtable workshops on selected texts.

The overall aim of this summer school is to foster interactions and discussions among researchers at different stages of their career, and spark new suggestions for the ongoing debate. Advanced bachelor students are especially encouraged to attend and actively participate at the summer school.

The Summer School is part of the activities of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought (www.rug.nl/gcmemt).

Course leader

Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo
Dr. Han Thomas Adriaenssen

Target group

Students should have familiarity with the history of philosophy and its main figures.

Course aim

The overall aim of this summer school is to foster interactions and discussions among researchers at different stages of their career, and spark new suggestions for the ongoing debate.

Credits info

A certificate of attendance will be awarded

Fee info

EUR 50: The fee for advanced bachelor students is € 50.
EUR 100: The fee for master students is € 100. For PhD and Postdocs the fee is €150.

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