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.


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.


2 June 2017 09:30 - 17:00
This symposium which will be held on June 2 in Amsterdam aims to evaluate this history of madness.
Michel Adanson (1727-1806)
15 June 2017 15:15 - 17:00
The annual UCLA lecture is held this year by Mary Terrall, Professor of History of Science.
22 June 2017 - 25 June 2017
The conference is organised by the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, an international society of scholars working in the field of alcohol and drugs history
Areas of expertise: history of science | philosophy of science | knowledge society | scientific integrity | research funding | disciplines and interdisciplinarity | university history