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

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.
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
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Events

Book of Saint Albans: Page with the Royal Arms of England. Bron: Wikimedia/Cambridge University Library
23 May 2019 13:00 - 17:15
The two-part seminar is jointly organised by the 'Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (UCMS)' and the 'Technical Art History Colloquium (TAHC)'.
28 May 2019 20:00 - 21:30
How can we apply Bellingcat's methods to more effectively speak truth to power on a local level? With Eliot Higgins.
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