Programme colloquia Department of Philosophy 2016/2017

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Date - Time

Thu, January 19, 2017, 15.45 – 17.15h


B209 - CUB


Johnny Søraker (department of Philosophy/BMS)


Meaningfulness in the Age of Digital Reproduction


In my farewell (or ‘tot ziens’) colloquium, I will reflect on the age-old question of meaning in life, and how we can find meaning in contemporary society. Inspired by recent research in positive psychology as well as philosophy, I will focus on two distinct yet closely related application domains.

First, to what extent do information technologies foster or inhibit sense of purpose and what does this entail with regard to how information technologies ought to be designed? This will be based on my work on this topic over the last 10 years, and is the first step in my plan for the coming years to (finally) update, extend and publish my dissertation. I will primarily focus on video games and virtual worlds, but also other aspects of the infosphere.

Second, to what extent can we find meaningfulness in work, and what does this entail with regard to current developments in academia and industry? This will not only be a reflection on my decision to continue my career with Google, but also inspired by my recent work on Responsible Research and Innovation, in particular the question of how this relates to meaningful work and what I have previously referred to as “pragmatic arguments” for how to incentivize even the most ruthless profit-maximizing companies to innovate responsibly.


Petra Bruulsema (secretary department of Philosophy): 


Upcoming colloquia

Thu, March 2, 2017, 15.45-17.15h, Katja de Vries (VUB)