Schedule of the colloquia of the Philosophy Department, University of Twente 2007-2008

September 27, 2007 Campus

15.30 - 17.00 Michael Davis: "Of all professions, begging is the best: some problems in the study of professions”.

Even in the United States, the study of professional ethics is often confused. As discussion of professional ethics has become international, the confusion has become worse. This talk will try to bring some clarity to the discussion by a) distinguishing several senses of "profession" that seem to be current, b) distinguishing three sociological aapproaches to the most interesting of these senses (making clear the strengths and weaknesses of each), c) distinguishing these from philosophical approaches (making clear the strengths of these). Having clarified questions of method, the talk will conclude by apply one philosophical approach. This application will illustrate some advantages of keeping the distinctions in mind. In particular, it will suggest a research agenda for comparison of professions across national boundaries, one that allows for the possibility that, for example, engineering may be a profession in the Netherlands but not in France, a profession in Japan but not in China.

November 22, 2007 Campus

15.30 - 17.00 Marc Coeckelbergh: “Moral Imagination, Cosmopolitanism, and the Technological Future”


Mark will present an overview of his current research. Introducing some themes and arguments from his book Imagination and Principles and other recent work, he explores what theory of moral imagination can do for philosophy of technology and vice versa.



Ceptes colloquia are organised for a wide public and are therefore almost always in English.