From 24 January 2019 09:30 to 25 January 2019 16:30

Workshop 'Varieties of understanding in science'


On 24 en 25 January 2019 the Philosophy Department organises a workshop on varieties of understanding in science. The workshop will (on both days) take place from 09.30 am to 4.30 pm in Louis Hartlooper Complex.

At first sight, science seems to be unified: in its aim towards finding the truth, in its method, and in the notions of explanation and understanding. But a closer look reveals a much more nuanced and complicated picture. In this workshop we will investigate and discuss the plurality of forms of understanding that can be found in scientific disciplines such as biology, medicine, economics and psychiatry. Also, we will analyze how contemporary philosophy of science can account for varieties of understanding in science without losing the idea that science ultimately aims at a unified understanding of the world.


Speakers are Olaf Dekkers (LUMC), John Dupré (University of Exeter), Sarah Durston (UMC Utrecht), Rebekka Gersbach (University of Leipzig), Annemarie Kalis (UU), Jesse Mulder (UU), Alan Ralston (UMC Utrecht / Parnassia Groep), Emma Young (UU).


Participation and lunch are free, but spaces are limited. Please register before January 11 by sending an e-mail to Emma Young (

Start date and time
24 January 2019 09:30
End date and time
25 January 2019 16:30
Entrance fee
Free entrance