The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies plays an active role in several university-wide, national, and international research and educational consortiums — in addition to housing the university's Ethics Institute.

The department is home to a broad range of subjects: from Philosophy to Christianity, Islam and other religious and secular traditions. The strong research focus, together with extensive engagement with other disciplines and with the wider society, is further reflected in the high quality of the educational programmes offered by the department.


13 September 2018
This summer 'Sense and Essence', edited by Birgit Meyer and Mattijs van de Port, was published by Berghahn Books.
6 September 2018
This book explores ecological sustainability as a human rights issue and examines what our long-term responsibilities might be.
4 June 2018
Frederic Kaplan's Time Machine FET Flagship CSA proposal, which the Descartes Center co-authored, may continue to the second round.


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.
27 September 2018 09:00 - 28 September 2018 17:00
The conference is organised by Utrecht University and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen.
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.