The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is research-driven. The research is strongly interdisciplinary in character and cooperation with societal partners and stakeholders in the public domain is actively pursued.

The scientific expertise of department is wide-ranging: from expertise in philosophy and artificial intelligence to proficiency in Arabic, Islam and Christianity as well as in other religious and secular traditions.

The Research Institute for Philosophy and Religious Studies (OFR) coordinates the research in the fields of:


- in particular into its history and into the main systematic philosophical questions and their applications. Great emphasis is put on educating scientific 'offspring'. Read more about research in the field of Philosophy.

Religious Studies

- interdisciplinary study of religion, with an emphasis on Christianity and Islam. (Post)secular moral and social orders and their interplay with religious imaginaries are further priorities of our research. Read more about research in the field of Religious Studies.

Recent publications

22 February 2018
This volume unravels the dynamics of taking offense in current politics and aesthetics of cultural representation in Europe and beyond.
13 December 2017
The book is an introduction to the capability approach and gives a thorough evaluation of the challenges and disputes related to the approach.
20 November 2017
Deze bundel gaat over de rol van ervaringen van falen in de alledaagse religiositeit van moslims en christenen op verschillende plekken in de wereld.