Past Workshops

We are proudly looking back to:

  • Coll Int VII: Conference on Collective Intentionality VII (read more)
  • ENSO Inaugural Meeting: The Background of Institutional Reality (read more)
  • Workshop on Social Capital and the Sense of Belonging In an Individualized Society From its earliest beginnings up to recent times, the rise of the individual has been accompanied by worries about the erosion of social bonds. – When Adam Smith analyzed self-interest in the 18th century, he also explored the notions of fellow-feeling and sympathy. – When Alexis de Tocqueville coined the term “individualism” in the early 19th century, he at once turned to resources of communality and sociability as well. – In recent years, discussions on the “individualized society” and its discontents have led to a growing interest in the concept of “social capital.” (read more) 
  • Workshop on the Phenomenology of Shared Feelings: Max Scheler and Hermann Schmitz (read more)
  • Conference on Self Evaluation Philosophers have explored at great length the metaphysics of the self and the nature of self-reference. Although some of the self-directed (reflexive) emotions - like shame, pride and guilt – have been investigated carefully, many self-directed attitudes remain unexplored and thus the interrelations between these attitudes and reactions and their importance for the self are little understood. [read more]
  • Workshop on Collective Epistemology While traditional epistemology and philosophy of science used to focus on individual reasoning, recent work in social epistemology has tried to establish the importance of social groups for cognition. All the proponents of social epistemology agree that the idea of science as driven by unbiased, purely epistemically oriented individual cognizers has to be rejected. However, ... [read more]
  • Workshop on Rationality and Commitment: Rational choice theory forms the core of the economic approach to human behaviour. It is also the most influential philosophical account of practical rationality. Yet there are persistent controversies about the scope of rational choice theory in philosophy and, increasingly, in economics as well. A leading critic is the philosopher and Nobel Laureate economist Amartya Sen [read more]
  • Workshop on Altruism in Philosophy, Psychology, and Economic Theory (University of St. Gallen, May 31 – June 2, 2007): Ever since the days of Adam Smith, philosophers, (proto-) social scientists and (proto-) psychologists have been debating the possibility, structure, and role of altruism. While next to no-one has ever denied that people frequently act in an other-directed fashion, the following question has been at the center of much controversy: are such acts just another means of pursuing one’s own goals (e.g. by motivating other agents to reciprocate), or are at least some of them genuinely geared towards the goals of others, irrespective of the agent’s own aims? Is there, in other words, such a thing as genuine altruism? [read more]