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

Dr. Iris van der Tuin
29 January 2018
Dr Iris van der Tuin has been appointed professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
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15 December 2017
The European Commission has recently funded a large new research project in which Utrecht University’s Ethics Institute participates.
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.
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Events

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20 March 2018 16:15 - 17:30
Fei Teng looks for reasons from various moral traditions what we are morally obliged to future generations in the context of climate change.
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18 April 2018 - 20 April 2018
This the final conference of the research programme Evolutionary Ethics (2014-2019). The aim is to present new research on evolution and moral epistemology.
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