Descartes Centre

The Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities is a joint collaboration of all seven Faculties at Utrecht University. The Descartes Centre contributes to the social and political debate by critically reflecting on the foundations and the dissemination of scientific knowledge and the role of rhetoric in these processes.


Website over Spinoza
12 December 2016
Research team creates open-access website on greatest Dutch philosopher for all audiences.
19 July 2016
In this new book, Fenneke Sysling describes the way Dutch racial scientists tried to make sense of the human diversity in the Indonesian archipelago.
15 July 2016
This grant enables the young researchers to work on a project of their own for three years.


6 March 2017 15:15 - 17:00
On 6 March the Descartes – Huygens Premodern History of Knowledge Colloquium will be held at Huygens ING in Amsterdam.
22 June 2017 - 25 June 2017
Paper proposals on the topic of substance use and regulation in a comparative transnational context are welcome until 15 December 2016.
Areas of expertise: history of science | philosophy of science | knowledge society | scientific integrity | research funding | disciplines and interdisciplinarity | university history

Descartes Centre