The ideas that underly concrete, societal issues

The philosophers affiliated to Utrecht University carry out both fundamental and applied research. The work of the research group Philosophy includes classic contributions to the profound study of thinkers and issues from philosophical and academic canons. We also carry out philosophical analyses of contemporary issues in logic, academic philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, philosophical anthropology, and social and political philosophy. We deal with very concrete questions, but also ask what the deeper-lying theories are.

Our approach can broadly be described as ‘analytical’, and a sound theoretical and methodological grounding in logic, history, and ethical theory formation are essential to this. This means that our research is very broad-based, seeking as it does to collaborate with research projects taking place in other departments.

Areas of expertise: ethics | political philosophy | logic | Aristotle | Spinoza | Kant | institutions | philosophy of science | human rights | history of philosophy | German Idealism | philosophy of mathematics

News

6 December 2018
In the TV series 'Food for Thought' philosophers and students go into discussion with each other. Jeroen Hopster wrote a book regarding the series.
6 December 2018
In November 'Food for Thought: Wereldfilosofie aan de keukentafel.', a book by Jeroen Hopster was published by Ten Have.
6 December 2018
Wanted: papers for the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society 2019 at Utrecht.
RSS

Events

19 December 2018 15:30 - 17:30
On 19 December a special edition of the Descartes Centre colloquium takes place with several speakers and drinks afterwards
Foto: Ivar Pel
22 January 2019 09:00 - 18:00
Teachers, researchers and students will come together to share experiences, practices, expertise, and ideas related to interdisciplinary higher education.
© iStockphoto.com
24 January 2019 09:30 - 25 January 2019 16:30
On 24 and 25 January 2019 the Philosophy Department organises a workshop on varieties of understanding in science.
RSS