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.
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.
12 December 2016
Research team creates open-access website on greatest Dutch philosopher for all audiences.
2 November 2017 09:30 - 3 November 2017 17:00
The workshop is organised by Heloise - European Network on Digital Academic History and the Descartes Centre
20 November 2017 15:00 - 18:00
In the afternoon preceding the “Night of Descartes”, we aim to shed light on the promises and difficulties involved in reflecting on the future of science.
20 November 2017 20:00 - 21:30
What happens when empirical evidence is at odds with political purposes? Science historian Dr Alice Dreger on dogma, activists and justice.
30 November 2017 - 1 December 2017
In this mini-conference we want to explore the tension between distrust and trust, between the procedural and personal, in funding modes.
Areas of expertise: history of science | philosophy of science | knowledge society | scientific integrity | research funding | disciplines and interdisciplinarity | university history