Skip to main content

PPE Workshop, March 27, 2019, Groningen, "How moralization and polarization affect collective action" with keynote by Linda Skitka

PPE Workshop 

How moralization and polarization affect collective action

Philosophers meet psychologists

Organizers: Susanne Täuber (FEB) and Frank Hindriks (Philosophy), the Centre for PPE 


Big societal problems present challenges for citizens, scientists, and politicians. We seem to have a duty to collectively mitigate climate change, fight poverty, and promote sustainable lifestyles. But too little is done. In a meeting of minds, philosophers and psychologists discuss obstacles such as moralization and increasing levels of social polarization. We aim to create new insights as to how to remove them and promote collective action. The panel discussion aims for junior and senior researchers to exchange and debate different disciplines' perspectives on moral mandates to act collectively regarding the big societal challenges. 




When? March 27th, 2019, 10:45-17:00
10:15 - 10:45     Reception, walk in, and coffee/tea
10:45 - 11:00     Opening: Welcome and introductory note to the workshop
11:00 - 12:30     Keynote: Linda Skitka (University of Illinois) – Morally Motivated Political Engagement

12:30 - 13:45     Lunch
13:45 - 14:30     Frank Hindriks (University of Groningen) – The Duty to Join Forces
14:30 - 15:15     Lily Frank (TU Eindhoven) – Moralization
15:15 - 15:45     Coffee/Tea
15:45 - 16:30     Susanne Täuber (University of Groningen) – How Issues Become Moralized
16:30 - 17:00     Panel Discussion

Where? Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, Groningen

Questions? Please contact Ryan Doody at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Registration closes on Wednesday, March 20th!





(picture Linda Skitka: By Michael Schacht - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,