The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Tilburg University invite PhD students to apply for participation in the PhD summer school ‘Ethics and Economics’, to be held in Tilburg, from Monday the 27th till Friday the 31st of August 2018.


  • Should everyone get an unconditional basic income?
  • Can wages be just?
  • Is inheritance morally permissible?
  • How should externalities such as environmental pollution be regulated?

Questions of ethics and economics are systematically at the forefront of contemporary academic and public debates. Although many of these questions are not new, they are of renewed and pressing interest following increased awareness of the negative repercussions of growing wealth inequality, climate change, and globalization. The purpose of this summer school is to analyze these questions from the perspective of moral and political philosophy. We will, firstly, discuss how some of the main approaches in moral and political philosophy can be used to analyze key economic institutions such as the market, the firm, and the tax system. We will, secondly, reflect on how economists, legal scholars, political scientists, and philosophers can fruitfully work together on topics in the field of ethics and economics.

Confirmed speakers

  • Bea Cantillon (Antwerp University)
  • Rutger Claassen (Utrecht University)
  • Wim Dubbink (Tilburg University)
  • Stefan Gosepath (FU Berlin)
  • Louise Haagh (University of York)
  • Joseph Heath (University of Toronto)
  • Lisa Herzog (Bavarian School of Public Policy)
  • Martin O’Neill (University of York)
  • Sven Nyholm (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Ruth Yeoman (Oxford University)


Hotel De Rooi Pannen, Tilburg, the Netherlands


There are three options for participating in the Summer School:

  1.  With accommodation: 500 Euros for non-OZSW members and 450 Euros for OZSW members.
  2. Without accommodation: 250 Euros for non-OZSW members and 200 Euros for OZSW members.
  3. One day participation (available from Monday till Thursday): 60 Euros for non-OZSW members and 50 Euros for OZSW members. Only available for those who are not ReMa students, PhD candidates, and Postdocs.

More information and applying

The full program of the course can be found here. Please apply using this form. The application deadline is April 1st.

The maximum number of participants is 20. In case there are more applications than places available, priority will be given to PhD students who are working on a topic in the domain of the summer school, over PhD students working on less related topics, Postdocs, and Research Master students.

Applicants will know two weeks after the application deadline whether they have been admitted. Those interested in staying in Hotel De Rooi Pannen are encouraged to apply as early as possible: There are 15 rooms for participants in the hotel, which are allocated on a first come, first served basis amongst those admitted.


For questions about the contents of this course, please contact Huub Brouwer ([email protected]). For practical inquires, please contact the OZSW administrative office ([email protected]).