14-15/2/2020: Winter School on Freedom and Economic Inequality

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Erasmus University Rotterdam invite all Research Master students to a two-day winter school, which will take place on 14-15 February 2020 at Erasmus University.

Organizing university

Erasmus University Rotterdam


14-15 February 2020


February 14: G2-46, G Bulding 11.00-18.00

February 15: G3-21, G Building, 9.00-17.00

Type of activity

2-day Winter School

Type of activity

For this activity PhD students and ReMa students can – after successful completion – earn a certificate. However, the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university. More information. The study load for this activity is as follows: 2.5 EC

Primary target group

Research Master Students

Application/registration deadline

January 20th, 2020

About the topic

The Winter School aims to present ReMa students with advanced contemporary research on the topic of Freedom and Economic Inequality. It offers opportunities for discussion of the topic in connection with contemporary social problems and for development of students’ writing and argumentation skills.

Aim / objective


The lecturers, who are active at different universities and in different phases of their careers, will give a lecture on a topic linked to their current research, under the general theme of Freedom and Economic Inequality.

Panel sessions

On Friday afternoon, there will be a panel session of the relationship between freedom and capitalism. The panel will have a for-and-against format, with some speakers arguing that capitalism and freedom are compatible, others that they are not.

On Saturday afternoon, we will hold a panel discussion on whether freedom has a future. We will focus on academic freedom and the rights of migrants, women, and workers.


Students who would like to receive credit for the winter school should submit an essay (max. 1,000 words), discussing the general question posed in one of the two panels, namely: Are Capitalism and Freedom Compatible? and Does Freedom have a Future?. Essays must be submitted by Friday 21 February to the conference organizer.


Friday 14 February 2020, G2-46

11:00: Welcome

11:15 – 12:15: Andreas Schmidt (Groningen), “Freedom, Equality, and Personal Responsibility: A Web of Relational Values”

  • Reading: Anderson, E. (1999). “What’s the point of equality?”. Ethics 109: 287-337

12:30 – 13:30: Dorothea Gadeke (Utrecht), “On Class-based Domination”

  • Reading: Pettit, P. (2006). “Freedom in the Market”. Politics Philosophy and Economics 5: 131-149

13:30: Lunch

14:30 – 15:30: Annelien de Dijn (Utrecht), “What’s wrong with economic inequality? A historical perspective”

  • Reading: Webster, N. (1785). Sketches of American Policy (any edition)

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee

16:00 – 18:00: Panel session: Are Capitalism and Freedom Compatible?

Panelists: Annelien De Dijn, Andreas Schmidt, Nicholas Vrousalis

18:00: Dinner

Saturday 15 February 2020, G3-21

10:00: Opening

10:15 – 11:15: Martin van Hees (VU), “Freedom, Equality and Justice: Liberal Perspectives”

11:30 – 12:30: Amanda Cawston (Tilburg), “The voluntary sector, gender, and unpaid labour”

  • Reading: David, A.Y. and Shaylor, C. (2001). “Race, Gender and the Prison Industrial Complex: California and Beyond”. Meridians 2: 1-25

12:30: Lunch

14:00 – 16:00: Panel session: Does Freedom have a Future?

Panelists: Constanze Binder (environmental rights), Amanda Cawston (women’s rights), Dimitris Pavlopoulos (workers’ rights), Nicholas Vrousalis (academic freedom)

16:00: Drinks


  • Amanda Cawston
  • Annelien de Dijn
  • Dorothea Gadeke
  • Martin van Hees
  • Andreas Schmidt

Certificate / credit points

Students can earn 2.5 EC by completing the readings accompanying the lectures and handing in an essay discussing one of the questions discussed in the panel sessions.

The essay should be emailed to Dr N Vrousalis (vrousalis [@] esphil.eur.nl), email title “OZSW essay”. The deadline for submission is Friday 21 February 2020.

There is no requirement to participate in the Winter School for credits. However, all participants are expected to read the assigned literature beforehand, and to actively participate in the workshop.


Only ReMa student members of the OZSW can participate in this winter school, and the OZSW covers most of the costs for the event. There is a nominal fee of 30 euro per student, including accommodation, and 10 euro excluding accommodation. Please note that no-shows may be charged for the actual expenses incurred by the organizers.

There will be two lunches, a dinner and breakfast included in the winter school. We can arrange for vegetarian, vegan, gluten- lactose- or nut-free alternatives if asked in advance.

How to apply / register

Registration is possible through this form. The deadline for application is January 20th, 2020.


Dr. N. Vrousalis (email: vrousalis [@] esphil.eur.nl)
Associate Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam & Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics

Contact info

Please contact Dr. Vrousalis for questions regarding the contents of the Winter School, and the OZSW office for practical inquiries (secretariaat [@] ozsw.nl).