Previous WiPRMAPhils

The first WiPRMAPhil (+lunch) of the academic year was held on September 16.


  • Willem van Dijk from the OZSW told us about the Onderzoeksschool and its activities
  • Nicky van Dijk briefly told us about her bachelor thesis and we discussed what adapations could be made to make it into a publishable article
  • Lotje Siffels spoke about the topic of her bachelor thesis and how she could adapt it for a medical journal

The second WiPRMAPhil of the year took place on October 7.


  • Daan Dronkers presented his thesis.
  • Niels van Miltenburg, RMA alumnus and now lecturer/researcher at the UU, talked about his own development from his graduation of the Master program to the present day, do's and don'ts during and after your Master and the stuff he wished they would have told him during his time as an RMa student.
  • Joel told us about various options for PhD's in the Netherlands.
  • You got acquainted with this magnificent site through this powerpoint and this presentation.

Lotje has very kindly taken notes during this last meeting which you can find here.

The third WiPRMAPhil took place on Friday, October 28.


  • Jetze Zoethout presented his paper in progress for Topics in Metaphysics (on the logic and metaphysics of time)
  • Marin Kaufmann initiated a discussion about the process of paper writing, especially in its early stages, in the context of her paper for the CRTF.

The fourth WiPRMAPhil was an RMA Discussion Meeting and took place on November 15.

There we discussed the state and future of the RMA. More info here.

The fifth WiPRMAPhil took place on Thursday, December 15.


  • Suus Jacobi gave a presentation on moral judgments in medical ethics, specifically top-down vs bottom-up approaches (find a great further discussion about her presentation here on the forum.
  • Some feedback was given to the OC members regarding the state of our master's program
  • We arranged a wonderful Christmas dinner

The sixth WiPRMAPhil took place on Tuesday, January 17.


  • Chris Meyns gave information and tips on doing a PhD outside of the Netherlands (esp. in the UK and US). Check out the very helpful handout Chris made for us right here.
  • Lennard Pater talked about Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, revising the idea that Nietzsche completely abandoned the ideas of Schopenhauer to develop a theory of his own.
  • We came one step closer to arranging a study retreat!

The seventh WiPRMAPhil took place on Monday, February 20.

There we had a discussion about the pressures of academia and how best to deal with (the stress-related isses resulting from) them. We discussed:

  • How common (yet often invisible) stress-related issues are, both in and outside academia
  • Whether there is a taboo around not being able to cope with pressure and around being open about your own vulnerability
  • Or whether sometimes mental health issues in philosophy are overly normalized as simply being a part of the deal or even romanticized as being a sign of genius
  • Whether there are specific traits of academic philosophy and its selective system which form a risk factor for mental health issues
  • The importance of preventing underestimation signs of stress (burnout) and depression to prevent them from worsening
  • Short-term individual strategies for coping with pressure
  • Our long-term wishes and expectations for the broader field and for our own community

A thread has been started to discuss related thoughts and share links on the topic.

The eighth WiPRMaPhil took place on Monday, March 20.


  • Charles talked about how we can create a non-moral normative system of political critique in which we can compare and evaluate two different political regimes. He will give an account of how we can combine the idea of Bernard Williams on the critical theory principle with his notion of legitimacy, without being moralistic or losing ground for political critique.
  • Leon talked about whether we should ground a Capabilities Approach in transcendental arguments. His talk will mainly be a reaction to the paper written by Marcus and Rutger on the subject: "The Foundations of Capability Theory: Comparing Nussbaum and Gewirth''.

The ninth WiPRMaPhil took place on Wednesday, April 12.


  • Samuel gave some practical advise about writing your master thesis and gave a talk on the subject of his masterthesis: selfhood and narrativity. You can download his PowerPoint containing slides on his thesis and 9 very useful tips on writing your thesis here.
  • Lotje had a brainstorm session for her paper-subject: feminism and multiculturalism: muslim women in the Netherlands.
  • We had delicious waffles!

The tenth WiPRMaPhil took place on Monday, May 8.


  • We discussed what should be the content of the OC-meeting next week.
  • Alumnus Yuki Tol will talked about her work as a policy advisor for the municipality of Amsterdam, how she got there and how she uses what she learned during our master for her work.
  • Giulia Napolitano will give a short presentation on her upcoming project
  • We discussed watching this movie, but didn't because Giulia's presentation was too interesting.

The eleventh WiPRMaPhil took place on Thursday, May 18th.

There Mariëlle gave a presentation on her thesis-subject: the perception of the artist: Lawrence Tadema

The last WiPRMaPhil of the academic year 2016-2017 took place on Thursday, June 15th.


  • Lennard gave a presentation on Spinoza and the question of how Spinoza can be a stern defender of necessity and still believe in the possibility of freedom.
  • Daan Dronkers will give us a science-slam presentation named: “The Body of Mathematical Knowledge”
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