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

4 June 2018
Frederic Kaplan's Time Machine FET Flagship CSA proposal, which the Descartes Center co-authored, may continue to the second round.
13 February 2018
From March onwards, Mauro Bonazzi is appointed professor in ancient and medieval philosophy. His research focuses on Plato and the history of ancient Platonism.
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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Events

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27 June 2018 10:30 - 11:45
The dissertation of Hans Arentshorst contributes to a better understanding of the problems related to the realisation of freedom and democracy today.
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29 June 2018 12:45 - 14:00
Do the evolutionary origins of morality imply that we cannot tell right from wrong? That is the central question that Michael Klenk explores in his PhD thesis.
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