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.


14 March 2017
A conference on 'Forgotten Knowledge', jointly organised by the Max Planck Centre in Berlin, the Descartes Centre, the Vossius Center, and Huygens ING.
10 March 2017
For the fifth international conference on the history of mathematics education, there is an open call for papers. Abstracts need be submitted before 1 April.
Website over Spinoza
12 December 2016
Research team creates open-access website on greatest Dutch philosopher for all audiences.


3 April 2017 15:15 - 17:00
Huygens - Descartes Premodern History of Knowledge Colloquium on "Precarious knowledge: on secret and forgotten knowledge"
6 April 2017 09:00 - 7 April 2017 15:45
Organised by the Descartes Centre, this conference argues that macroeconometric modeling should be seen as central to the development of macroeconomics.
Oval Room (1784) in Teylers Museum, Haarlem
20 April 2017 16:00 - 22 April 2017 17:00
On April 20, 21 and 22 of this year, Teylers Museum in Haarlem shall be host to a two-day conference, taking its venue as a point of reference.
Areas of expertise: history of science | philosophy of science | knowledge society | scientific integrity | research funding | disciplines and interdisciplinarity | university history