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.


7 April 2017
In this book scholars from different disciplines map the different aspects of the dynamics of changing, contesting and contested religious identities.
3 March 2017
Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor will be both a visiting scholar and a visiting educator. She will contribute to designing the broad bachelor programmes TCS and LAS.
Prof. dr. Rosi Braidotti. Foto: Ed van Rijswijk
3 February 2017
The Tanner Lectures aim to contribute to the intellectual and moral life of humankind. Rosi Braidotti's talks are jointly titled 'Posthuman, All Too Human.'


10 May 2017 10:00 - 12:30
Symposium convened on occasion of the public defence of the dissertation of Shaheed Tayob on Muslim food practices in Mumbai.
19 May 2017 14:30 - 17:15
Visiting fellow Roy Baumeister will discuss the use of psychological insights for public policy and administration with other UU scholars.
Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) Source: Wikimedia Commons
21 June 2017 12:45 - 14:00
In his dissertation Peter Sperber studies the early reception (ca. 1800) of Kant's philosophy, in which psychology played an important role.