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.


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.
6 December 2018
Wanted: papers for the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society 2019 at Utrecht.
29 November 2018
Back in time with the Utrecht Time Machine: residents asked to help
4 June 2018
Frederic Kaplan's Time Machine FET Flagship CSA proposal, which the Descartes Center co-authored, may continue to the second round.


21 February 2019 15:30 - 18:00
The 11th Descartes Huygens Lecture is about science, freedom, and the cold war: a political history of apolitical science
5 March 2019 19:15 - 21:00
On March 5 the yearly UCEMS Annual Lecture 2019 will take place.
11 March 2019 15:15
On 11 March the Premodern History of Knowledge Colloquim will revolve around Religious Conversion and Scholarly Identity in the Confessional Age
19 March 2019 15:30 - 17:00
On 19 March the Descartes Centre History of Science colloquium will revolve around forensic practices in courtrooms in four European countries
Areas of expertise: history of science | philosophy of science | knowledge society | scientific integrity | research funding | disciplines and interdisciplinarity | university history