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.


4 June 2018
Frederic Kaplan's Time Machine FET Flagship CSA proposal, which the Descartes Center co-authored, may continue to the second round.
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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.


Image A - John Schuster. Image B - Descartes’ on Novae and Variable star formation Principles, III, arts. 105-114
25 September 2018 15:30 - 17:00
On 25 September the Descartes Centre History of Science colloquium will revolve around getting real about Descartes’ radical Copernican realism.
28 September 2018 10:00 - 16:00
A meeting of the NWO VENI Grant 'A New History and Philosophy for the Exact Sciences' of Lukas Verburgt
8 October 2018 15:15 - 17:00
On October 8 the Huygens-Descartes Premodern History of Knowledge Colloquium will be on secrets of nature: mathematics between universals and machines.
Areas of expertise: history of science | philosophy of science | knowledge society | scientific integrity | research funding | disciplines and interdisciplinarity | university history