Please note that most of the places were filled for our postponed course in 2020, therefore, we regret to inform applicants that we are unable to offer more than 3-5 places for the course in 2021.
Identity has been among the central concerns of Philosophy, from Parmenides to David Lewis. What are the formal properties of identity? Is identity necessary? What is the relationship between essence and identity? When is a thing existing at a certain time identical to a thing existing at a different time? And, more specifically, when is a person existing at a certain time identical to a person existing at a different time? Is identity absolute or relative? Real or constructed? What is the relationship between qualitative identity and numerical identity, in particular, does qualitative identity entail numerical identity? Is a material thing identical to the matter of which it is made? These are some of the questions about identity that have preoccupied philosophers for centuries and still preoccupy them. The topic of identity is indeed one of the basic topics of metaphysics, and a long list of philosophical big names have made significant contributions to the understanding of identity: Aristotle, Locke, Leibniz, Hume, Russell, Wittgenstein, Kripke, and Parfit, to mention a few.
This 6-day research-oriented course is designed to familiarize participants with the latest advances in the philosophical debates about identity and related matters. The specific topics to be discussed will be the logic of identity and identity and modality; identity and essence; identity and indiscernibility; time, composition and identity; and personal identity. The course will be delivered by five leaders in their fields, and they will not only introduce those topics but also discuss their latest research on them. Participants will not only be able to interact with the course faculty in the classroom, but also during course breaks, and during lunch and dinner.
The course will follow a seminar format, and classes will be interactive with active involvement from the participants. There will be readings assigned for each class and the participants will be expected to familiarize themselves with the topics by reading the material. The course is open to graduate students (both masters and doctoral students) and early career philosophers with a background and research interest in philosophical issues concerning identity and/or metaphysics more generally.
Time permitting, selected participants may have occasion to present their own research.
This course is intended for advanced masters & doctoral students and early-career researchers. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.
Enrollment in the course does not require a degree in philosophy, but all applicants must have a strong prior background in analytic philosophy. The typical applicant would be an advanced master’s/doctoral student whose research focuses on issues related to identity, or a post-doctoral researcher, or an early-career faculty member interested in getting up to date with the state of research. Applicants must clearly state their academic background and their motivation for doing the course in their application.
The language of instruction is English, thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.
Due to COVID-19, we had to postpone the course, originally planned for 2020, to the summer of 2021. Most of the places were filled for the course in 2020, therefore, we regret to inform applicants that there will only be three to five places available for the course in 2021.
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Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:
- Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below)
- Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.
- Statement of purpose (max. 1,000 words)
In the Statement of Purpose, please describe how the course is relevant to your teaching, research, or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from it. Please list relevant courses in the field you have taken previously during your studies.
Please provide a name, contact email, and phone number of a person (a faculty member, job supervisor, etc.) who can be contacted by the course directors to attest to your abilities, qualifications, and academic/professional performance.
You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the "Other Supporting Documents" section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed.
Completed CEU Summer University Application Form
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The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.