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.

News

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15 May 2019
Linking day-to-day practice of the earth sciences to the latest philosophical insights
Pehr Hilleström, Three Women Telling Fortune in Coffee, 1780s (Stockholms universitets konstsamling, J. A. Berg Collection #158)
30 April 2019
An international team of history researchers have received a European grant for research on intoxicating substances in Europe between 1600 and 1850.
Handgekleurde 'zodiakman' (detail) in Der scaepherders kalengier (1516), Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division
4 March 2019
Andrea van Leerdam has been awarded two American research fellowships.
Santa is tired
20 December 2018
Science historian Hieke Huistra talked about the history of December celebrations with Sinterklaas and Father Christmas in the leading role.
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Events

23 July 2019 13:00 - 27 July 2019 12:00
From 23-27 July the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society takes place in Utrecht, the Netherlands
26 July 2019 18:15 - 20:15
On 26 July, during the Annual Meeting History of Science Society 2019, Jeroen van Dongen will provide the Elizabeth Paris Public Engagement Lecture.
Jan Jacobz. Wielant, “De Geleerde in Syn Kamer”, 17th century Bron: Rijksmuseum
7 November 2019 - 9 November 2019
The central question for this conference is how scholars, scientists, and learned men and women formed a community by remembering and identification.
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Areas of expertise: history of science | philosophy of science | knowledge society | scientific integrity | research funding | disciplines and interdisciplinarity | university history