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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28 July 2017
Open Access journal Early Modern Low Countries (EMLC) offers a home to state-of-the-art academic scholarship on any aspect of the early modern Low Countries.
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.
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Events

29 May 2018 15:30 - 17:00
Centrale vraag: wat zou bij Linnaeus’s naamgeving van olifanten verkeerd kunnen zijn gegaan, gezien verschoven standaarden voor juiste manier van benoemen.
30 May 2018 08:30 - 31 May 2018 13:00
On 30-31 May the Annual Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will take place at Utrecht University.
20 June 2018 09:00 - 22 June 2018 17:00
This conference is a follow-up event of COST Action IS1307 New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter comes to Matter.
Portrait of René Descartes (1596-1650) - painting by Frans Hals / Wikimedia Commons
10 July 2018 - 13 July 2018
The Descartes Centre is hosting Foundations 2018, a highly interdisciplinary event bringing together philosophers, physicists, mathematicians and historians.
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Areas of expertise: history of science | philosophy of science | knowledge society | scientific integrity | research funding | disciplines and interdisciplinarity | university history